In recent years, a story has emerged about Cristiano Ronaldo’s former teammate at Sporting who was allegedly better than him. Fabio Paim and Ronaldo reportedly played together at the beginning of their careers, and Paim claimed that Ronaldo told him that he was a better player than him.
Paim recently spoke to The Sun about his life after he and Ronaldo separated. He discussed how fame and fortune had destroyed him, but also how he ended up in prison on charges of drug dealing. In the interview, Paim stated that Ronaldo had said: “If you think I’m good, wait until you see Fabio Paim.” He repeated the same story in a podcast, claiming that he would be better than Ronaldo if he worked half as hard as him and that he would be Messi’s main competitor for the Ballon d’Or.
However, Ronaldo himself responded to the interview in an unexpected way. On social networks, he commented: “WTF. Who is this character?” It is clear that the Portuguese does not remember Paim. Transfermarkt claims that Paim played for more than 20 clubs in his career and his highest valued asset was 400,000 euros at the time he was on loan at Chelsea.