Leo Messi is the greatest footballer today because of his ability to turn the game into a cohesive spectacle with his teammates. However, if football was a one on one competition, there is not better individual competitor than Cristiano Ronaldo. His technique, power, speed and his ability to take control over games make him an all action hero – a football specimen never seen before.
Could we soon see the “Next Cristiano Ronaldo”? Here are 5 candidates:
Bale’s speed and power remind us of a mature CR7 and the Welsh’s numbers are impressive. In his first 99 appearances at his club Tottenham, he scored more than Ronaldo scored for Manchester United (21 – 19 goals), he assisted more than him (13 – 9) and he even created more chances (175 – 138). Does that mean Bale could get even better if he moves to a better team? Odds are he will become a great player but will he be Cristiano Ronaldo Great?
They both came to Manchester United from the same academy (Sporting Lisbon) and the statistics of their first 100 games for the English champions show that both scored the same number of goals in 100 games (19) but Nani had a lot more assists (33 to 12). Alex Ferguson is there for Nani to help him turn into the Next Ronaldo. If Nani stays in Manchester United, he might just become as influential as his compatriot was for the English team.
The stocky-build Swiss can do it all. His versatility and ability on the ball convinced Bayern Munich to dish out more than €10m for him. He can shoot and cross at world class level and at Germany the rest of his talents will be tested at the highest level.
Physically, Hazard is more Messi than Cristiano Ronaldo but his individualistic style has earned him fans all over the world. He is not afraid in taking on opposition players and his powerful and accurate shots make him a lethal weapon for Lille, and for whoever will sign him this summer.
The Arsenal 18 year old winger has the same set of skills that turned Cristiano Ronaldo into a football God: Raw speed and power, a great shooting ability, dribbling skills that frighten defenders and physically he is really well-build. However, Arsene Wenger is great at nurturing talent but can he nurture “The Ox” to be a great competitor like Ronaldo? Only time will tell.