'Bernardo Silva Will Win The Ballon d'Or When Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo Retire'
Bernardo Silva has been tipped to win the Ballon d'Or when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo retire.
Silva starred for Manchester City last season as they won an incredible domestic treble. The Blues bagged the League Cup, Premier League and FA Cup in a stunning term.
The Portuguese midfielder was hugely influential under Pep Guardiola's tutelage. He performed heroically throughout the 2018/19 campaign, which includes his showing against Liverpool. He ran a ridiculous 13.7 km in his 'Man of the Match' display.
He secured City's Player of the Year award before heading back home for the UEFA Nations League, where he helped Portugal win silverware.
Paulo Futre is now backing Silva to become the world's best player after Messi and Ronaldo call it day.
"I think Bernardo will be the next star, or he will be when Ronaldo and Messi start to decline," the former Atletico Madrid winger said.
"I think Bernardo will be one of those who will be ready to win the Ballon d'Or, because he is a player with a lot of responsibility in a great team like Manchester City.
"He will continue to grow and in two or three years, when Messi and Cristiano retire, I think he can be one of the big favourites to win the Ballon d'Or."
Tour de Bernardo :airplane:
Where will our crafty winger venture next on his holidays? :sweat_smile:
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Messi and Ronaldo have won a staggering 10 Ballon d'Or titles between them during their glittering careers.
However, both players are potentially entering their final few years with Silva backed to become a leading star in world football.
Will the 24-year-old win a Ballon d'Or? Let us know what you think.