In recent years, there has been a buzz about Cristiano Ronaldo’s former teammate at Sporting, Fabio Paim, who was supposedly better than him. Paim and Ronaldo reportedly played together at the beginning of their careers, and Paim claimed that Ronaldo had told him that he was a better player than him.
Paim recently spoke to The Sun about his life after he and Ronaldo separated. He stated how fame and fortune destroyed him, but also how he ended up in prison on charges of drug dealing. In an interview with The Sun, Paim claimed that Ronaldo had said that if he thought he was good, he should wait until he saw Fabio Paim. He also repeated the same story in a podcast and claimed that if he worked half as hard as Ronaldo, he would be Messi’s main competitor for the Ballon d’Or.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo himself commented on this interview in an unexpected way. “WTF. Who is this character?” he commented on social networks. It is clear that the Portuguese does not remember Paim or does not take him seriously enough to give any thought to his claims.
Transfermarkt claims that Fabio Paim played for more than 20 clubs in his career and at his peak, he was worth 400,000 euros while on loan at Chelsea. However, it is worth noting that these are just rumors and there is no concrete evidence to support these claims.