By Alex Stevens

Brazil all-time great Ronaldo wants Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho to join his former club Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old has developed into one of Europe’s most exciting attacking midfielders during his three-and-a-half years at Anfield.

Coutinho’s inventiveness and increasing productivity has also made him a key figure for the Brazil national team and he started both matches for his country during the recent international break.

His countryman Ronaldo is regarded as one of Real’s greatest ever players after a goal-filled five-year spell at the club between 2002 and 2007.

Asked during an interview on Onda Cero’s “El Transistor” radio show which player he would like to see move to the Bernabeu, Ronaldo said: “I would like to see Coutinho at Real Madrid, the Liverpool player.”

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Ronaldo was also asked to choose between Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar as the world’s best.

“They are three great players,” Ronaldo said to Onda Cero. “I would also include Luis Suarez as he is playing very well. This is the most common question in all interviews.

I don’t know if it is just for me, or for everyone, but when we ask this question we forget that they are three great players.

“It is so difficult to choose just one as the best. They are very, very good. At the moment I will choose Cristiano as he is playing for Real Madrid, but we cannot forget how good Messi and Neymar are, and we must respect these players for the entertainment they bring us.”

Coutinho, who has scored three league goals and four in all competitions this season, is a vital member of Jurgen Klopp’s vibrant frontline.

He was signed from Inter Milan for £8.5million in January 2013 and signed a lucrative new Liverpool contract in February 2015.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have lined up an explosive attacker who is set for a January deal.