The world-cup winning manager gave his opinions on Spanish TV Cadena SER’s “El Larguero” programme.
Former Spain and Real Madrid manager Vicente Del Bosque voiced his opinions concerning various topics of contention ranging from Neymar to the debate on the “greatest” between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the future crop in football and his future in coaching.
The 68-year old from Salamanca weighed in on his criticisms on Brazilian winger Neymar for his off-field antics albeit making good mention of his playing abilities. Speaking of the same he replied, “He does a lot of stupid things and he’s not an example to follow at all, but as a player, he’s very good.”
On the other hand, the manager was profuse in expressing his praise for both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but ensconced Lionel Messi as the very best between the Argentine and the Portuguese and atop the pantheon of football’s finest.
“For me, Messi is absolutely the best. Without taking anything away from Cristiano Ronaldo, I think like this. Last year, someone dared to claim that Cristiano Ronaldo was finished, that it didn’t matter if he left, However, they’re two players without limits” said Del Bosque.
“Mbappé has all the qualities to be Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi’s successor but he still has to fine-tune his game a little. The same thing can be said about Vinicius – even though he still has some way to go” said Del Bosque before adding, “The attitude which Ansu Fati shows is unusual to see in such a young lad. Spanish football is going to benefit from a player who has spent practically his whole life here in Spain.”
Del Bosque made it clear that there is no future for him in coaching as he looks to spend time outside the football pitch having managed Real Madrid, Besiktas and Spain’s national football team. He won the World Cup and the Euros twice in a golden period for the national team and also won the Champions League twice with Real Madrid.