In recent years, it has been reported that Cristiano Ronaldo had a former teammate at Sporting who was better than him. Fabio Paim and Ronaldo reportedly played together at the beginning of their careers, and Paim stated 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 revealed how fame and fortune destroyed him, but also how he ended up in prison on charges of drug dealing.
In that interview, Paim claimed that Ronaldo said the following: “If you think I’m good, wait until you see Fabio Paim.” Paim repeated this story in a podcast, where he also claimed 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, Cristiano Ronaldo responded to this 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 at his peak, he was worth 400,000 euros while on loan at Chelsea.