Downing said: “When Cristiano Ronaldo first came to England there were doubts about him but I always thought he was a great player with outstanding technical ability.
“Ronaldo’s brought it all together this season. He is not only making goals, he’s also one of the top scorers. It’s a fantastic achievement. He’s a great player.
“I hope he stays in England because he’s good for this country. He’s a nightmare to play against, but it’s good for English football to see players like that come here.”