Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany claims the 3-2 loss to Real Madrid would have ended differently if not for Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Premier League champions came unstuck against a resilient Real in the Champions League on Tuesday, and it was the Portuguese superstar who ultimately proved decisive with a last-minute winner at Santiago Bernabeu.
The Belgian defender is adamant Ronaldo can be considered one of, if not the, best footballers on the planet.
“It's clear that he made the difference,” Kompany told The Sun. “Without Ronaldo, it would have been a different game. He is always a danger. When he's on the ball, you have to back off.
“He's capable of going past someone, and that doesn't happen so much. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the players who can do that – he's got that skill.
“There's not many players in the world who can do that sort of thing, but unfortunately for us, he is one of them.
“I guess that's why Barcelona and Real Madrid are regarded as the two best teams in the world, because they have really outstanding players.”
Kompany and Ronaldo will be reunited when Real travel to the Emirates for the return fixture on November 21.