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Madrid could face coach who says he was better than Ronaldo

From FOX Sports - December 7, 2017

Real Madrids biggest challenger at the Club World Cup will be a team with a Brazilian coach who says he played better than Cristiano Ronaldo.

European champion Madrid and South American champion Gremio, coached by former Brazil forward Renato Gaucho, are the favorites for the tournament featuring the champions of FIFAs six continental confederations and the host nations league winner.

Renato Gaucho, a star for several Brazilian clubs in the 1980s and 90s, made headlines across Brazil not long ago after saying that for sure he played better than the Portugal star.

I wanted to see Cristiano Ronaldo playing for the teams that I played in my time, many not paying salaries for three or four straight months, and to be a champion like I was, the brash coach told ESPN Brasil earlier this year. I wanted to be playing for Real Madrid today, playing once a week, on great fields, and with the teammates that Ronaldo has. I really wanted to see that.

The straight-forward coach said that there is no doubt that Ronaldo is a great player, but the Madrid star is not as versatile as he was when he played.

Ronaldo has a lot of strength, he doesnt have a lot of technique, said the 55-year-old Renato Gaucho. This current generation didnt see me play. I guarantee that those who saw me play would have a different opinion (about who was a better player).

A clever and resourceful forward, Renato Gaucho helped Gremio win the Intercontinental Cup in 1983, which was considered the world club title at the time.

He played more than 40 matches for Brazil, winning the 1989 Copa America and being part of the 1990 World Cup squad in Italy. He was dropped from the 1986 World Cup team for disciplinary reasons.

Renato Gaucho also briefly played for Roma in the late 1980s.

Known for his love of playing foot-volley on Rio de Janeiro beaches, Renato Gaucho also attracted headlines recently when he said that he doesnt have to study soccer to be a good manager.

Those who need to learn can go study in Europe, those who dont can go to the beach, he said after leading Gremio to the Brazilian Cup title last year. Those who know football will always know it. Those who dont will have to go study it.

Renato Gaucho, whose actual name is Renato Portaluppi, is trying to become the first Brazilian to win the Copa Libertadores both as a player and as a coach.

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