Cristiano Ronaldo has laid down the gaunlet to Inter Milan ahead of Manchester United's UEFA Champions League, last 16 meeting with the Serie A champions at the end of the month.
Speaking to Italian media, the FIFA World Player of the Year claimed the reigning English and European champions are simply better than I Nerazzurri, and are favourites to progress.
And he told their Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho that he has the trophies to prove that he is better than Inter's star forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. "Inter are a good team with great players, but we're better than them and I'm sure we'll beat them," he told Rai Sport. "If we beat them we'll feel like we're just one step away from the final."
And Ronaldo turned his attentions to Mourinho, with whom he once had a spat during the coach's time at Chelsea in the English Premier League. The Portuguese winger had claimed his compatriot needed to take responsibility for the Blues' defeats rather than complaining about referees, while Mourinho responded that Ronaldo was immature and lacked respect. The former Porto coach further irked Ronaldo by saying that he thinks Ibrahimovic is better.
"I respect everyone's opinions but the trophies that count are in my home," said Ronaldo, who then went on to criticise Mourinho's treatment of Ricardo Quaresma, who moved on loan to Chelsea recently after a difficult first six months in Italy.
"Ricardo has some great qualities and it's a shame that he wasn't given the time to prove his true worth," he said. "He was great for Porto and Portugal and he can't be judged on a few matches where he hasn't been at his best.
"Probably the fact that he was transferred for such a large sum of money (19 million euros) put too much pressure on him and in Italy it's not easy to do well straight away."