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Mason Greenwood Tipped To Reach The Level Of Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo

Ryan Sidle

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Mason Greenwood Tipped To Reach The Level Of Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo

Mason Greenwood has been named alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar as the men who could take over from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when the GOATs retire.

The Manchester United youngster had started catching the eye with performances this season before lockdown but chances hadn't been that easy to come by. Since football returned last month the 18-year-old has reached another level and scored three goals in his past two games.

His form has got United fans, and England fans alike, excited for what's to come in the future and United hero Dimitar Berbatov feels he's one of a number of players who could reach an incredible level.

Talking about Messi and Ronaldo, the Bulgarian told Betfair, "It will be one of the saddest days in world football when Ronaldo finishes playing, even those who dislike him will appreciate him.

"The day will come, but hopefully not for some time yet. When he's finished, other players will come, even Pele and Maradona were eventually replaced- life is a circle.

"We have Neymar, Mbappe, Greenwood, and other young players that can hopefully reach the highs of Ronaldo and Messi, as unbelievable as that may seem."

Greenwood strikes his second against Bournemouth. Image: PA Images
Greenwood strikes his second against Bournemouth. Image: PA Images

Berbatov, who won the Premier League Golden Boot with United, has been impressed with the forward and added, "Mason Greenwood has really impressed me, even before his last game, he always gets his shots on target, and he has two good feet, not just his left.

"It's good to see he's being given a chance to shine and play regularly, and he's taking that chance. He's well on the way to being a really good player, what he's shown is unbelievable.

"He reminds me of Ronaldo at that age, especially with his self-belief and confidence to take players on. They also share quickness and sharpness, he's in a great position for his age, and as I said, he's embraced the opportunity."


Finally the former Spurs striker did warn against getting too far ahead of ourselves with Greenwood, as excited as he is about the forward's potential, adding, "He's still a long way from being as good as Ronaldo I have to add, he has a long way to go, but at the moment he's doing it the right way and he's in the best environment possible.

"He's surrounded by a great manager, experienced players, and great people, all of whom will help him take the next steps.

"These days we rush too quickly to say a player is the next Maradona, Pele, Messi or Ronaldo, we should let him find his feet."

Topics: Football News, Anthony Martial, Manchester United, Mason Greenwood, Lionel Messi, Dimitar Berbatov, Premier League, Marcus Rashford, Ballon d'Or, Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo

Ryan Sidle
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