Pauleta played with a young Ronaldo for Portugal.
He said: "When an 18-year-old boy plays for the national team alongside names like Deco, Figo, Rui Costa and Pauleta, he must have a unique talent. He has achieved everything thanks to his work, because in fact he is a phenomenon.
"At 18, 20 or 35 he always wanted to be the best. Even if he plays a friendly, he always wants to score more goals than everyone else. He wants to win if he plays cards or ping-pong. He is a born winner. Willpower is his quality. That's why, together with (Leo) Messi he is above all others.
"He is a goalscorer, he has the killer instinct. At the beginning of his career he was a winger because he was very fast; today, at 36, he lost a little of speed and dribbling, but his ability to score has remained intact. He could be the Premier League top scorer."
Need a VPN? Or seeking to switch? Then support Tribal Football by clicking here to sign up with our official partners NordVPN. Not only will you receive the best VPN experience, but also great discounts by signing up via Tribal Football. Thanks for your support!