By Rory O & # 39; Callaghan
Last updated: 19/02/19 8:53
Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Arsene Wenger, describing his former rival as "one of the best managers in the history of football".
Mourinho came to Wenger regularly during his time at Chelsea and Manchester United and once described the former Arsenal manager as a "specialist in failure".
However, the "Special One" insists that he has always had "real respect" for Wenger, who received a lifetime achievement award at the Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday.
"There were a few episodes along the road, I can only speak alone, I really enjoyed the competition, but the respect has always been there," Mourinho said in a video message to Wenger.
"In this football club he has written a lot of history.The nickname is there – the Invincibles.Amazing.A coaching philosophy, the almost perfect team.
"He is one of the best managers in the history of football."
Mourinho and Wenger are without a club after the departure of the Portuguese from Manchester United earlier this season.
Wenger left Arsenal at the end of last season, after being in charge of the Gunners for 22 years, and the Frenchman admits that there is no certainty that he will return to management.
"My future is unknown, even to me," said Wenger.
"I enjoy daily life and have traveled around the world lately."
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