“The greatness of the name Ronaldo is difficult to compare. Including the following players.”
1NEWS – Eleven years after the Portuguese superstar left for Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford. During his time with Los Blancos, Ronaldo further established himself as one of the greatest footballers ever, while United were left struggling to find a replacement for number 7.
Starting from Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia, Angel di Maria, Memphis Depay, Alexis Sanchez and Edinson Cavani all trying to level or at least be behind Ronaldo’s level. But Ronaldo is Ronaldo,
All the players above, failed to follow in the footsteps of the player who is now 36 years old.
Not only at Manchester United, the players who are considered potential, both those who play Premier League clubs, La Liga. Serie A and beyond, which was considered the successor to Cristiano Ronaldo, in fact also failed to live up to expectations.
In the meantime let’s take a look at the 10 players — ranked not by greatness — who should be the ‘next Ronaldo’ and see what happens to them:
10. Luis Nani
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Sir Alex Ferguson probably hoped Nani would follow in the footsteps of his compatriot when he spent £21m/Rp. 412 billion in 2007.
But during his eight years at Man Utd, Nani scored just 40 goals and despite helping the club win four Premier League titles and the Champions League, his level still falls far short of Ronaldo.
— Nani (@luisnani) August 28, 2021
He then moved to Fenerbache, Valencia and then Sporting Lisbon. Now Nani is at Orlando City and can still score some goals even though he is 34 years old.
9. Joao Felix
Felix became the fourth most expensive player that Atletico Madrid had signed in 2019 from Benfica for £113 million / Rp. 2.2 trillion. At that time he was only 19 years old. Not everything went smoothly for the youngster who, now 21 years old, Felix scored just 19 goals for the Spanish Club.
8. Goncalo Guedes
Another Portuguese striker considered potential: Guedes. Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) bought him in 2016 for €30 million/Rp. 505 billion but played just eight games in the league before the French club allowed him to join Valencia, where he now plays as a 24-year-old.
Seguimos fortes!!! +3 pic.twitter.com/LPklAVd5i4
— Gonçalo Guedes (@gguedesoficial) April 3, 2019
Guedes has played 23 times for his country.
7. Gabriel Obert
Sir Alex Ferguson actually signed Obertan as a direct replacement for Ronaldo, spending £3m/Rp. 58 billion for the Frenchman from Bordeaux.
It became clear very quickly that the winger was not as good as his predecessor. He could only score once in 28 games for Untied before being loaned out to Newcastle, where he did not perform better.
Since then Obertan has played for Anzhi Makhachkala, Wigan Athletic, Levski Sofia, Erzurumspor and now, at the age of 32, plays in the second division of American football for the USL Championship team Charlotte Independence.
6. Joelson Fernandes
Fernandes seems to be the next big thing out of Sporting’s academy. Born in Guinea-Bissau, the forward is just 18 years old and is already attracting the attention of big European clubs.
Joelson Fernandes – #FIFA21
Golden Boy pic.twitter.com/7vwEITgR61
— CareerModeStars (@CareerModeStars) October 5, 2020
And Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Guedes.
5. Alvaro Vadillo
Much was expected of Vadillo when he appeared at Real Betis. United reportedly wanted to sign him when he was 17, but that all changed when he was injured. And that is the sad story of the player who is now 26 years old.
He never really lived up to expectations and then moved around, starting with Huesca, Granada and Celta before signing for Espanyol.
Another talented youngster, who was born in Guinea-Bissau and thrived through the Sporting academy.
— PSV Turkey (@PSV_TR) August 28, 2021
However, like the others, Bruma failed to reach their potential by playing at Galatasaray, RB Leipzig and PSV. At the age of 26, he is still at the Dutch club with nine Portugal caps to his name.
3. Francisco Trincao
Barcelona bought Trincao from Braga last January for €31 million / Rp. 507 billion and the youngster played 42 times for the Spanish club last season. However, Wolves have signed him on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent move if he impresses.
At 21, Trincao still has time at his side to showcase the talent he has and it will be interesting to see him play in the Premier League.
2. Wilfried Zaha
Zaha was Ferguson’s last signing at Man Utd but made just two Premier League appearances for the club under new manager, David Moyes.
— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) August 7, 2021
Then he was immediately sent back to Crystal Palace, where his form had almost stalled for years.
1. Jese Rodriguez
Jese was expected to do well, but from Real Madrid he was thrown to, Paris Saint-Germain and then slumped to Stoke City, and now even worse the 28-year-old is playing for Las Palmas in the Segunda División.
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