Manchester United legend tips Amad Diallo to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo

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Rio Ferdinand has tipped Manchester United youngster Amad Diallo to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the latest episode of his podcast – Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE podcast – Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has tipped Old Trafford new boy – 18-year-old Ivorian winger Amad Diallo – to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Diallo joined United from Atalanta for £19 million which could potentially rise to £37 million in add-ons despite him only playing five times for the Atalanta first team.

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The 18-year-old is viewed as one of the brightest young talents in the game and Rio Ferdinand thinks he may be another hidden gem like Cristiano Ronaldo.

During his podcast Ferdinand said: ‘I don’t want to put the pressure of Ronaldo on him, but no-one knew about Ronaldo when we bought him other than the people in Portugal.’

‘This kid seems similar in that sense and if you see his clips and the way people talk about him, the world is his oyster if he applies himself right.’

An agreement between United and Atalanta was first announced on October 5th 2020 and the current deal is subject to a medical and work-permit being issued.

An application for a visa has been made for the teenager and as soon as one has been issued Diallo will be free to travel to Manchester and train with his new teammates.

The 18-year-old played regularly for Atalanta’s youth teams and made a total of five senior appearances for the Italian side scoring one goal on his debut against Udinese in October 2019.

Diallo made the announcement himself on Twitter simply saying ‘I can not wait to start.’


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