‘The ‘b******d doesn’t let you breathe!’

'The 'b******d doesn't let you breathe!'

Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves has admitted he found it ‘difficult’ to mark Cristiano Ronaldo in El Clasico games, describing the Portuguese star as a ‘b******’ who ‘doesn’t didn’t let him breathe.”

The pair faced each other several times in El Clasico when Ronaldo was at Real Madrid and he was at Barcelona.

Alves, who plays in Mexico with La Liga MX Pumas, has described the former Los Blancos player as one of the toughest opponents he has faced in his career.

In a Marca interview with Hugo Sanchez, Alves said: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo, that b*****d doesn’t let you breathe for a second. I didn’t do too badly, but it’s difficult. It’s a scoring machine.

Alves was also asked to decide who is the greatest of all time between former Barcelona team-mate and PSG star Lionel Messi, and Brazilian legend and multiple World Cup winner Pele.

Alves said: “I chose Pelé for a reason: he changed football. Messi changed a generation. All those people who are more than football, I’m going to choose them. And on top of that, I’m Brazilian.

“For me, Pelé should not be part of this debate. If you ask me, who is the best player in history? I would say Messi. Pelé does not interfere.

Alves, 39, has a one-year contract with the Mexican side but has not committed to extending his stay at the club.

“Before asking for anything, I like to deliver. I have a year to prove myself with them,” he said.

‘I wouldn’t have a problem [to extend].

‘I have to show them that I can [perform]that together we can build a very cool team in Mexico, which plays in a different way in which young players can get by.

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