Former Accra Hearts of Oak winger Bernard Don Bortey insists he was a better player than five times World Footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo during his playing days.
According the skillful winger, his target when he was playing football was to win the Ballon D'or and the African Footballer of the year award but for poor management of his career his dreams were cut short.
Bernard Don Bortey was one of the most exciting players to watch in the domestic league in the early to mid 2000's, helping Accra Hearts of Oak to league and continental glories.
However, he could not make the mark any time he moved to Europe and was involved in several controversies that marred his career.
The winger insists he was a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo but blames his former club for the misfortunes in his career.
"I was a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo when I was playing," he told Zylofon FM. "Trust me, my target was to win the World Best but Africa or you. But if I had a better management like him (Ronaldo) or I went to Europe like my other colleagues, trust me my target was the World Best and the Africa Footballer of the year award," he added.
Liberia President George Weah remains the only player from Africa to win the Ballon D'or and Bortey adds if the former AC Milan forward did achieve that he could have equally done that.
"If Oppong Weah won the Ballon D'or, why can't I win it. I can win the World Best because in life if I came to play football for you and an offer comes you should have allowed me to leave so that I can go make end meat for my self and my family but you see for all the misfortunes in my career I blame Accra Hearts of Oak," he concluded.
Don Bortey played for several clubs in Ghana including Ghana Premier League Champions Aduana Stars and New Edubiase, who are now in the lower tier.