Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has tipped compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo to come to the fore at the 2014 World Cup, hailing the Real Madrid star as "the most complete player" he has coached.
Per Goal.com, Queiroz paid tribute to his former charge, comparing Ronaldo with basketball icon Michael Jordan—often considered the greatest player of all time.
However, Ronaldo has often faced criticism of his performances at major tournaments for his country, having never turned good showings into a truly great performance.
Queiroz, who will be at the tournament with Iran, believes that Ronaldo is now better equipped to deal with the pressure and tipped him to shine in Brazil.
The former Manchester United assistant and Portugal head coach said:
Ronaldo is the most complete player I have ever coached in my life. In terms of fitness, ability, technical, tactical. One day at United, I don't remember when, I said he would be the Michael Jordan of football.
I can see in the last two years Cristiano growing up a lot, but he had everything. He had a little bit of Brazil legend Ronaldo, Figo—the speed, heading. He's fantastic at shooting with both feet, free-kicks, dribbling, passing.
I think he is more mature now, more experienced. Four years in a player's career is a lot and it can make a huge difference. I think this will be his third appearance in terms of World Cup participation, so he will be able to manage the performance much easier.
Ronaldo's Portugal face Germany, Ghana and USA in Group G of the competition and will be hopeful of pushing on into the later stages of the tournament.