In recent years, there has been a story about how Cristiano Ronaldo had a teammate at Sporting who was better than him. Fabio Paim and Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly played together at the beginning of their careers, and Paim stated that Ronaldo told him that he was a better player than him. Paim recently spoke to The Sun about what his life was like after he and Ronaldo separated. He talked about how fame and fortune destroyed him, but also how he ended up in prison on charges of drug dealing.
Paim stated in that interview that Ronaldo said the following: “If you think I’m good, wait until you see Fabio Paim.” Paim repeated the same story in a podcast. He talked about how he would be better than Ronaldo if he worked half as hard as him and that he would be Messi’s main competitor for the Ballon d’Or.
Ronaldo himself commented on that interview, but not as expected. He said: “WTF. Who is this character?” It is obvious that the Portuguese does not remember Paim. Transfermarkt claims that Paim played for more than 20 clubs in his career, and the most he was worth in his career was 400,000 euros, and at that time he was on loan at Chelsea.