Thanks for the quote. Indeed I did not say he said he was the greatest.
This is a trait for Alonso, he throws in these little snippets but I guess it's just that English isn't his first language.
"Herald" might have been the wrong choice of a word if you want to nit pick, but the implication is there for all to see. Even for you.
I thought Alonso's general point was very fair, namely that for a lot of people it's not just about the numbers of titles won but how you win them. Frankly, this seems hard to argue with or everyone would just agree 100% that Michael Schumacher must be the greatest driver of all time because he won the most titles and Stirling Moss was some total loser.
For instance, Nigel Mansell was one of my all time favourite drivers and I'm very glad he won a title because I think he was a truly great driver. But citing his title for 1992 as evidence of that would be a bit like trying to demonstrate the value of Al Pacino as a great actor by pointing to his Best Actor Oscar, which he won for Scent of a Woman but got nothing for The Godfather or Dog Day Afternoon etc. So in other words, it's not that the rewards given are meaningless or undeserved to those who receive them but their allocation doesn't always tell the whole story either.