Ronaldo is not on my level when it comes to free kicks, compare me to Beckham and Ronaldinho – Dong Bortey

Ronaldo is not on my level when it comes to free kicks, compare me to Beckam and Ronaldinho - Dong Bortey

Ghana Premier League legend Bernard Dong Bortey has made a bold claim, stating that he was a better free-kick taker than Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The former Hearts of Oak forward believes his free-kick prowess should be compared to masters like David Beckham, Juninho, and Ronaldinho.

A Comparison of Eras

When asked who the better free-kick taker is between himself and Ronaldo, Dong Bortey noted that their eras are different, but he still backs himself as the better set-piece taker. “Ronaldo must sit aside first. You should’ve mentioned Ronaldinho, Beckham, Pirlo, Riquelme, and one Mexico defender who played for Barcelona. You have also not mentioned Juninho from Brazil, and you’re mentioning Ronaldo,” he told Mothers FM.

A Legendary Career

Dong Bortey started his career with Ghapoha Readers before moving to Hearts of Oak, where he became a cult hero in the 2000s. He won four Ghana Premier League titles with the Phobians, as well as the CAF Super Cup and CAF Confederations Cup. He was also joint top-scorer in the league in 2003 after netting 18 goals and was part of the Black Starlets side that won bronze at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

A National Team Career That Didn’t Quite Live Up to Expectations

Despite his great reputation on the local scene, Dong Bortey didn’t have a successful career with the national team, earning only seven caps. However, he remains a legend in Ghanaian football, and his confidence in his free-kick abilities is unwavering.

Confidence and Legacy

“If our era were today, I would be the best in the world, but I am grateful to God for bringing me this far. The name Dong Bortey will last forever,” he said. His confidence and legacy are a testament to his hard work and dedication to the sport.

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Conclusion

Bernard Dong Bortey’s claim that he’s better than Cristiano Ronaldo at free-kicks may be a bold one, but it’s a reminder of his legendary status in Ghanaian football. His career achievements and confidence in his abilities are an inspiration to young footballers, and his legacy will indeed last forever.

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