“We have Neymar, Mbappe and Greenwood who can reach those highs”: Dimitar Berbatov supports the next generation to match Cristiano Ronaldo’s levels while the ex-Manchester United striker praises the former teammate who is still ‘incredible’ at 35
- Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have been playing star players at PSG for several years
- But the rise of 18-year-old Mason Greenwood in Man Utd is striking
- Dimitar Berbatov says the trio can match the high levels of Cristiano Ronaldo
- The ex-Spurs and United attacker described Ronaldo’s time in Italy as ‘great’
Dimitar Berbatov believes that Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mason Greenwood are the next generation players who can match the ‘incredible’ levels of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, who played with Berbatov for one season at Old Trafford, is still 35 years old and has scored 43 Serie A goals for Juventus since joining the club – making him already the highest Portuguese scorer in the division.
But while former Spurs and United striker Berbatov praised the amazing levels of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, he also looked to the future and chose three players who could match the best in the world.
Neymar moved to PSG in 2017 for a world record of £ 198 million and is one of football’s superstars
Neymar’s teammate in Paris, Kylian Mbappé, is already a World Cup winner with France
Mason Greenwood has appeared on the scene at Manchester United this season with 15 goals
“We have Neymar, Mbappe, Greenwood and other young players who will hopefully reach the pinnacles of Ronaldo and Messi, however incredible that may seem,” said Berbatov Betfair.
No one can say that Cristiano wasn’t great in Italy, especially considering his age. He’s 35 now, oh my God, most players have dropped a level by now, what he still does is incredible.
“It will be one of the saddest days in world football when Ronaldo has finished playing, even those who don’t like him will appreciate him. The day is coming, but hopefully not yet.
Dimitar Berbatov believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s time in Italy was simply ‘great’
“When he’s done, other players will come, even Pele and Maradona were eventually replaced – life is a circle.
Real Madrid is not the same since he left. He was a big part of the team. He scored so many goals that it’s scary, he won so many trophies and when he left, there was a big hole because of his absence.
“Madrid is moving forward, and they have already done that, but he is certainly still missed there.
Berbatov says Barcelona will try to close the gap left by Lionel Messi’s departure
Berbatov, with his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, played with Ronaldo for one season
‘If and when Messi leaves Barcelona, how do you fill that gap? They have to move forward, but in a different way. ‘
While PSG pair Neymar and Mbappe have been star players for club and country for a number of years, the recent rise of 18-year-old Manchester United striker Greenwood is indeed hugely impressive.
He scored three goals last week, including a bracket against Bournemouth on Saturday, with his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying he was the ‘best finisher he has ever worked with’.