You can’t compare Ronaldo to me – Bernard Dong Bortey

Published on: 16 May 2024

Former Hearts of Oak forward Bernard Dong-Bortey has made a bold claim, stating that he is a superior free-kick taker compared to former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Known for his exceptional goal-scoring abilities and dead-ball expertise during his playing days, Dong-Bortey firmly believes that his free-kick prowess cannot be matched by Ronaldo.

Instead, he suggested that players like Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham, Pirlo, and Juninho should be mentioned in discussions about free-kick skills.

During an interview with Mothers 102.FM in Accra, Dong-Bortey said, “Ronaldo lags noticeably. I played during the time of Beckham and Juninho, but Ronaldo was still very young and came off the bench.

“You must compare me with Roberto Carlos, Figo, Pirlo, Totti, Juninho, Ronaldinho, and others but not with Ronaldo.”

Dong-Bortey, who was highly regarded during his time with Hearts of Oak, played a crucial role in the team's success, helping them win four Ghana Premier League titles and the 2004 CAF Confederation Cup.