Ronaldo would surely top this list of Mourinho’s greatest signings, right?

first_imgIf Man United do pull off the incredible and sign 32-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo then he will be one of Jose Mourinho’s greatest signings. Would you agree with that?Even if they do have to pay £183m, as is being reported, eight years after selling him for £80m and gifting Real Madrid his peak years, it is still a transfer to trump recent big money moves like those involving Gareth Bale, Paul Pogba and Andy Carroll.He is a phenomenon.COULD RONALDO OVERTAKE WAYNE ROONEY AS MAN UNITED RECORD SCORER?And just look at the five best signings Mourinho has made, in the opinion of talkSPORT.com. Here, players have been ranked by how vital they were to both manager and club, and you can see the results by clicking the right arrow, above… 5 5. Mesut Ozil (signed for Real Madrid from Werder Bremen in 2010) – Luka Modric was signed by Mourinho in 2012 and went on to become a vital player for Los Blancos. However, it was Ozil who was crucial to the success enjoyed by Mourinho during his three years in Spain, having been snapped up shortly after his appointment as manager. He quickly settled in and by the time he left for Arsenal three years later had registered 47 LaLiga assists, with his loss lamented by senior Real players. 3. Michael Essien (signed for Chelsea from Lyon in 2005) – “He’s a great man, he is loyal to me, he is loyal to Chelsea, he is loyal to Madrid, he is loyal to everybody,” Jose Mourinho, who signed Essien twice, once said about the midfielder. He was an exemplary Mourinho signing, epitomising everything the manager wanted in a player. The Ghanaian was one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe during his first few seasons at Stamford Bridge and was loved by Chelsea fans, who crowned him their Player of the Year in 2007. And what about that goal he scored against Barcelona? 1. Didier Drogba (signed for Chelsea from Marseille in 2004) – There’s no question as to who tops the list of Mourinho’s greatest signings. Paul Pogba may yet move top, or Ronaldo if he decides to go back to Manchester. Drogba’s contribution since moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004 was outstanding and the striker is one of the club’s greatest players, having scored 164 times in two spells with the Blues. 5 5 4. Samuel Eto’o (signed for Inter from Barcelona in 2009) – When Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved to Barcelona at the start of the 2009/10 season, not only did Inter pocket €46m, they also got Samuel Eto’o. It proved to be an excellent piece of business. Eto’o quickly slotted into the Inter side and was a vital cog in the wheel that secured a Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble for Inter. He ended his time with 53 goals before leaving in 2011. His second spell with Mourinho at Chelsea was less successful, but he did bag a hat-trick against Man United and finished with 12 goals in 35 games. 2. Ashley Cole (signed for Chelsea from Arsenal in 2006) – Cole will go down in history as one of the finest left-backs to have graced the Premier League. His move to Stamford Bridge was filled with controversy, but Cole was consistently reliable, exceeding expectations and eventually winning every major trophy possible with Chelsea. It was tough to leave Ricardo Carvalho out, the defender who was signed twice by Mourinho, first at Chelsea then Real Madrid. The centre back slotted in comfortably alongside John Terry and Pepe at both clubs. 5 5last_img

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