By Amir Mir
Nottingham Forrest legend Steve Chettle believes his former teammate Stan Collymore could have been as good as Brazil all-time great Ronaldo.
Chettle played alongside Collymore at Forest where they helped the club to an against-the-odds third place finish in 1994-95.
Out-spoken pundit Collymore wowed the City Ground supporters as he notched up 50 goals in 78 games for the club during a three-year spell that was the most prolific of career that never again reached such heights.
“I’ve always said that Stan Collymore was the best striker I played with,” Chettle told the Nottingham Post. “He could have been like the original Ronaldo he was that good. People talk about geniuses having an edge.
“He was always fine with us. I guess you look at players like Eric Cantona and they had an element of playing on the edge.
“You could maybe say the same about Stan, if we’re putting him in that bracket.”
Brazilian Ronaldo made 98 appearances for his home country scoring 48 goals, a period in which the footballing legend picked up two World Cup medals.
During the nineties, Collymore moved to Liverpool for a British transfer fee for that time of £8.5 million where he scored that famous late winner in the 4-3 win over Newcastle.
The powerful striker scored 28 league goals in 58 appearances for the Reds, before a move of £7 million to Villa Park transpired.
The three-cap England striker failed to live up to the huge expectations and performances he showed at Forest, but Chettle believes Collymore had special qualities.