'My Idol Was Ronaldo... The Real Ronaldo'

While he was growing up in the North-West, Maritzburg United star Daylon Claasen had no idea how much of a journey football would take him on, from his father’s team to the Netherlands & Germany. In some ways, his journey mirrors that of that his idol, Ronaldo De Lima. Not to be confused with Cristiano Ronaldo, De Lime - like Claasen - played for seven different teams on two continents. Claasen had high praise for the Brazilian legend when chatting on SL Radio’s My Starter Pack podcast.

“At that time, Beckham was still good, Zidane was also on the scene and [then it was] Ronaldo, the real Ronaldo. [I had to choose] between Ronaldo and Kaka,” Claasen stated. When asked who the greatest player of all time is, the 30-Year-Old forward stuck to his guns continuing, “Ronaldo, the real Ronaldo, in his prime before he injured his knee. Remember at the World Cup when everyone was around him? ’98 World Cup, 2002 World Cup, he is my all-time GOAT. If only people knew how good he was before he hurt his knee; that guy was unbelievable.”