Everton fans will certainly find the latest comments from former Manchester United defender Gary Neville amusing as he made an outlandish claim.
The player turned pundit has praised the revival of former Toffee Ross Barkley, who has forced his way back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad and scored his first goal for Chelsea in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Southampton.
It comes after a woeful first few months to Barkley’s spell at Stamford Bridge, where he struggled for playing opportunities and faced time on the sidelines through injury.
While there can be no doubt that Barkley deserves praise for getting back up to speed, Neville’s comments go way beyond that as he remarkably compared the 24-year-old to global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Praising Barkley’s turnaround and his pre-season preparation, Neville said Barkley is ‘getting to the level’ of Ronaldo in that aspect in comments picked up by The Express.
Barkley has certainly worked hard over pre-season to get back into shape and to perform at a level that makes him an asset for club and country but comparing him to Ronaldo, who is the epitome of sporting brilliance, is frankly bizarre.
Put it this way; Barkley scored 21 goals in his entire career with Everton, while Ronaldo scored 15 in the Champions League alone last year.