On his way to mastering the defence-minded tactics needed to stop the world’s finest strikers,

On his way to mastering the defence-minded tactics needed to stop the world’s finest strikers, Jose Mourinho has worked with and encountered many of the greats since beginning his coaching career under Bobby Robson in 1992.

Now the provocative ‘Special One’, livescore terbaru who was dismissed as Manchester United manager ten months ago amid criticism of his conservative style, lespiecesmontees.com has named one of the earliest talents he nurtured as the finest player he has worked with.

Mourinho saw the Brazilian Ronaldo every day in training as the man who would be dubbed El Fenomeno, then barely 20, scored 47 times in 49 appearances in his breakthrough season for an elite European club.

Ronaldo rapidly became the most feared striker in the world  during a dazzling season in Spain

Ronaldo rapidly became the most feared striker in the world  during a dazzling season in Spain

Mourinho, Robson and Ronaldo finished second in La Liga but won the 1997 Cup Winners' Cup

Mourinho, Robson and Ronaldo finished second in La Liga but won the 1997 Cup Winners’ Cup

The Brazil legend eclipsed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by winning the World Cup twice

The Brazil legend eclipsed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by winning the World Cup twice

‘When he was at Barcelona with Bobby Robson, I realised that he was the best player I’d ever seen take to the field,’ said Mourinho, who told

‘Injuries killed a career that could have been even more incredible, but the talent that that 19-year-old boy had was something incredible.  

‘Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi have had longer careers. They have remained at the top every day for 15 years.

‘However, if we are talking strictly about talent and skill, nobody surpasses Ronaldo.’  

The prodigy moved to Inter Milan, who Mourinho would later manage after Ronaldo had left, the following season, but the memories of watching Brazil’s second-highest all-time goalscorer still leave his former coach starstruck.

Mourinho has watched at close quarters as the two great strikers of the current era, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, have terrorised defences with a longevity his former charge was denied.