Antonio Conte makes Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi comparison after Man Utd hat-trick

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Antonio Conte, Tottenham manager heaped high praises upon Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United striker. He scored his 49th career goal at club level.

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After Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning hat-trick against Tottenham, Antonio Conte called him one of the best players ever to have played for Manchester United.

Ronaldo, 37 years old, defied age to lead the Red Devils to victory in a tough affair at Old Trafford.

The hat trick was the 49th goal of his club career. It brought the Portuguese striker up to 12 goals in 24 Premier League games.

He also has 807 goals for country and club, more than any other player who has ever graced the pitch.

Conte, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, insists that he is worthy of his place on football’s Mount Rushmore.

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“It was an amazing performance from Cristiano, but I know him very well and it’s not a surprise for me,”The Spurs boss spoke after the whistle blew at full-time.

“We’re talking about a player that with Messi they are the best players in the world right now, with Maradona and Pele [historically] in my opinion.

“This is a player who is decisive, and when the team needs him, he’s always there.”

Continuing his lavish praise for Ronaldo, Conte pointed out his astonishing return of six goals in five games in this season’s Champions League group stage.

“I remember very well the Champions League group for Manchester United and he was decisive to go to the next round,”The Italians spoke of Ronaldo.

“He’s a player who feels this type of game. Tonight we didn’t discover him. A great compliment to him because to arrive at this age with this form and mentality and this desire to win you have to give all the great compliments to your opponent.”

After the match, Ronaldo took to Instagram to declare United were capable of defeating “any team in any given day”He sends a powerful message to his colleagues.

He wrote: “Tremendously happy with my first hat-trick since I came back to Old Trafford! Nothing beats the feeling of being back on the pitch and help the team with goals and effort.

“We have proven again that we are capable of beating any team on any given day as long as our efforts and unity remain constant. Man has no limitations. United! It doesn’t matter what! Let’s go, Devils!”

Ronaldo will aim to build on his 18 goals for the season as United host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, having drawn the first 1-1 in the Spanish capital.