Six footballers considered to be the “next Cristiano Ronaldo” are missing.
When you’re one of the best in the world, like Cristiano Ronaldo is, it’s inevitable that up-and-comers will be compared to him, as these six guys have been.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best football players of all time, and he has been at the peak of his game for nearly 15 years.
Ronaldo’s tremendous long-term ability has been highlighted this season by his constant goal scoring in the Premier League, despite the fact that he is 36 years old.
The five-time winner The three-time Ballon d’Or winner is one of the most decorated footballers of all time, and since his ascension from Sporting Lisbon as an 18-year-old, many young talents have been dubbed “the future Ronaldo” as they begin their own careers.
It’s an almost impossible level to reach, yet other celebrities have exhibited the same degree of potential as Ronaldo, despite the fact that the pressure eventually got to them and their careers went a drastically different path.
Brinkwire Sport looks at six players who were tipped to be the “next Ronaldo” and where they are now…
Nani, who hails from Sporting Lisbon and is just a year younger than the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, could not have been much closer to being a carbon clone of Ronaldo on paper.
Sir Alex Ferguson invested £21 million on Nani in 2007, hoping that the Portuguese star could have the same impact as Ronaldo. While Nani had a good career at United, he never reached the heights that CR7 had.
Nani spent eight years with United, but only making 18 Premier League games each season, before joining Fenerbahce for £4 million in 2015.
The 35-year-old Portuguese great is one of Orlando City’s main players and is now one of the biggest names in MLS.
Gabriel Obertan was brought in from Bordeaux for £3 million as a straight replacement for Ronaldo, who moved for Real Madrid in 2009.
The Frenchman was quickly out of his depth and didn’t score his first goal until a year later, during a pre-season game against the Philadelphia Union of the United States.
Obertan joined Newcastle after only two seasons at Manchester United, although despite completing his five-year contract, the Frenchman only made 58 league games and scored two goals.
Obertan, at 32, is a second-tier player for Charlotte Independence. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.