Former Hearts of Oak winger Don Bortey says when he was 17 years old he was better than Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bortey shot to fame in 1997 during the U-17 World Cup in New Zealand where Ghana placed third to win Bronze.
According the pacy winger, his target when he was playing was to win the Ballon D’or and the African Footballer of the year award but for poor management of his career his dreams were cut short, but insisted that when he was 17 years he was a better player compared to Ronaldo.
“I was a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo when I was playing,” he told Zylofon FM. “Trust me, my target was to win the World Best but Africa or you. But if I had a better management like him (Ronaldo) or I went to Europe like my other colleagues, trust me my target was the World Best and the Africa Footballer of the year award.”
“If Oppong Weah won the Ballon D’or, why can’t I win it. I can win the World Best because in life if I came to play football for you and an offer comes you should have allowed me to leave so that I can go make end meat for my self and my family but you see for all the misfortunes in my career I blame Accra Hearts of Oak,” he concluded.
Bortey helped Hearts of Oak to win three Premier League titles and also the 2004 CAF Confederation Cup.
He won his fourth Ghana Premier League title with Aduana Stars in 2012.