Liberia president, George Weah, has said Cristiano Ronaldo is “not the best in the world”.
However, the former Ballon d’Or winner admits the Portuguese is considered to be an inspiration to others, just like evergreen AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The two experienced frontmen are going head-to-head in a Serie A title tussle this season.
Milan have moved to the top of the table, closely followed by arch-rivals Inter, with 39-year-old frontman Ibrahimovic leading a charge at San Siro.
“Ibra is strong and confident, but there is more behind this,” Weah told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Milan signed him because he can be very useful for young players. He is an example and an inspiration for them.
“He is always focused and he gives everything for his passion. If you work hard and don’t lose your passion, then age is just a number. Think about Pietro Vierchowod, Franco Baresi or Paolo Maldini, they all played at high level until almost 40 years of age.
“Ronaldo is also testimony to how combining hard work and passion can bring unexpected results.
“He is not the best in the world, but he trained so much to become the best. I am a fan of Ronaldo because he remained humble and he earned everything he achieved. He fought to get where he is now.”