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Sheamus admitted he's biased being a Liverpool fan

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Sheamus at his fighting best. Photo: Getty

Sheamus at his fighting best. Photo: Getty

Sheamus at his fighting best. Photo: Getty

Irish WWE superstar Sheamus has dismissed Cristiano Ronaldo as “too soft” and said the Portuguese player wouldn’t last “five seconds in the ring”.

Liverpool fan Sheamus also disputed whether the Portuguese player is one of the all-time great footballers when asked would he be a good fit for the WWE.

"He wouldn't last five seconds in the ring," the Irish fighter declared. "He's too soft, he's too soft bro. Those players that go down when the wind blows or a blade of grass hits their shin, they wouldn't last two minutes.”

Sheamus who recently endured another round of painful nose surgery after suffering a second bad blow to his face, added: "I mean he's got the showmanship but nothing else. He's got no physicality, that's what I mean."

Ronaldo returned to English football in the summer, when he re-joined Manchester United for a second spell after stints with Real Madrid and Juventus.

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Sheamus getting his nose re-done in hospital after getting injured in the ring

Sheamus getting his nose re-done in hospital after getting injured in the ring

Sheamus getting his nose re-done in hospital after getting injured in the ring

Since his move back to Old Trafford he has scored five strikes in six appearances so far. United have struggled in recent weeks though, with a draw to Everton and a loss to Aston Villa seeing them lose ground on Premier League rivals.

On Friday Ronaldo was confirmed as the Player of the Month for September and was nominated for the Ballon d'Or too, an accolade he has already won five times.

As Ronaldo is also a five-time Champions League winner and European Championship winner with Portugal, it has been suggested that the veteran forward is one of the all-time greats of the game.

Speaking to BT Sport, Sheamus questioned that assertion.

"Is Ronaldo one of the greatest players ever? Absolutely not, he's not," he said. "But he's definitely a world-class player and one of the best that's been in the last decade.

"But even if he scores a penalty he's all about the camera mate, you know what I mean? Shirt off, 'where's the camera?' Even if he scores a penalty. I'm not knocking the guy or hating on him, but he knows exactly what he is doing."

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Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Photo: Reuters

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Photo: Reuters

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Photo: Reuters

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Sheamus admitted there was some bias to his opinion.

"Well I'm a Liverpool fan anyway, so who cares?," said the four-time WWE champion. "He plays for Man United! If he played for Liverpool I'd be like 'ah, toughest guy going'!"

The 43-year-old wrestler whose real name is Stephen Farrelly, had initially been injured back in May after the Celtic Warrior caught a stray blow from Humberto Carillo during a match on the May 31 edition of Raw.

Despite the injury, Sheamus, who was WWE United States Champion, didn't have to relinquish the gold and had his face surgically repaired.

After his first surgery, Sheamus was out of action for all of June but later returned while wearing a protective mask while he was wrestling.

The mask was knocked off during a match with Jeff Hardy on the September 20 episode of Raw and while his nose bled profusely Sheamus persevered and finished the match.

However, Sheamus failed to regain the United States Championship from Damian Priest who won the title from the Irishman at Extreme Rules on Sunday, September 26.

During the fight both wrestlers locked up and fought for control as Sheamus couldn’t get Priest’s shoulder down for a pinfall attempt after wrestling Priest to the mat.

Priest came up with running elbows, before the fight went out of the ring, and Sheamus went to lose the match as he was thrown through a table by Priest.

Sheamus then took to social media a few days later to share images of himself in hospital.

“Once more unto the breach dear friends," Sheamus captioned one of the images, before adding that he is now a two-time nose job champion.

It's been an eventful year for the former WWE Champion. On top of two surgeries, he also got engaged to his partner Isabella Revilla after proposing to her while back in Ireland in July.

Sheamus started his pro wrestling career in the European independent circuit in 2004 in the Irish Whip Wrestling. He debuted in the ECW episode for WWE in 2009 under the ring name Sheamus and went on to win multiple championships.

He is now four-time world champion with WWE as he held the WWE World Championship thrice and the WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship once.

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