In recent years, it has been reported that Fabio Paim, a former teammate of Cristiano Ronaldo at Sporting, was allegedly better than him. Paim and Ronaldo played together at the start of their careers and Paim claimed that Ronaldo once told him he was a better player than him.
In a recent interview with The Sun, Paim spoke about his life after he and Ronaldo separated. He discussed how fame and fortune had destroyed him, leading to his eventual arrest on charges of drug dealing. During this interview, Paim repeated the story that Ronaldo had once said that he would be better than him if he worked harder and would be Messi’s main competitor for the Ballon d’Or.
However, Ronaldo himself commented on this interview in an unexpected way. He took to social media and wrote “WTF. Who is this character?” indicating that he did not remember Paim. This revelation has sparked speculation about the authenticity of the story and whether or not it was actually true.
According to Transfermarkt, Fabio Paim played for more than 20 clubs throughout his career, with a peak value of 400,000 euros during his time on loan at Chelsea. Despite this success, it seems that Paim’s time in the spotlight was short-lived and he ultimately fell into a downward spiral due to fame and fortune.