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Roy Keane reveals that Cristiano Ronaldo was NOT one of the five world-class players he played with in Man Utd – The Sun

ROY KEANE played alongside some of the biggest names in Manchester United’s long and famous history – but only FIVE players were worthy of being called world class.

And the club Cristiano Ronaldo – who made a sensational return to Old Trafford last summer – was it DOES NOT one of them.

    Roy Keane says Denis Irwin was world-class but left Cristiano Ronaldo off his list


Roy Keane says Denis Irwin was world-class but left Cristiano Ronaldo off his list

The former Red Devils captain, who left the club hard in 2005 – came up with the stunning revelation after his old team were held to a 1-1 draw against Arsenal in September 2019.

Keane stunned United fans across the globe by telling left-wing Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher: “We never gave ourselves a chance to talk about players being world-class.

“But if I look back now, you’ll have to keep Giggsy in class [Ryan Giggs].

“I always classify the world-class players as boys who did it for nine, ten, 11 years – it’s clear Giggsy has done it much longer, but for me that’s the key to being a really good player: you have to be consistent.

“We see players now, they have a good month and pat themselves on the back.

“You have to be good for years, and Giggsy would have been a good example.”

Keane’s world-class list also included other United legends Paul Scholes, Eric Cantona and Mark Hughes, whom he called a “brilliant striker”.

But it was his old friend and former roommate Denis Irwin who received the most brilliant review.

The former Ireland national team player said of his countryman: “My God, imagine if Denis Irwin played now.

“He could play left back, right back, give you a goal, knew how to defend, never hurt, a brilliant guy in the locker room.

“Denis would be world class for me – and he’s a Corkman!”

Keane’s omission of Ronaldo stunned United fans as the Portuguese superstar was the first Red Devil to win the Ballon d’Or since George Best in 1968.

But the notoriously difficult to satisfy the Irishman’s rejection of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner was probably due to the fact that they only played together for two seasons.

Keane was captain of United during a historically successful period for the club and won the Premier League seven times with the club.

He left the club in 2005 after an explosive internal interview criticizing his team-mates’ display following a 4-1 defeat to Middlesbrough.

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