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Man Utd's Diallo likened to Cristiano Ronaldo by Ferdinand

By Sports Desk January 11, 2021

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand believes there are similarities between Amad Diallo and club legend Cristiano Ronaldo as he talked up the new Red Devils sensation.

United completed the signing of Diallo from Atalanta in January – the 18-year-old winger penning a four-and-half-year contract to be tied to the Premier League giants until June 2025.

While he only made five first-team appearances and scored once for Serie A outfit Atalanta, Diallo arrives in Manchester highly rated and as one of Europe's most exciting talents.

Ferdinand likened Diallo to five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo, who was lured to United from Portuguese powerhouse Sporting CP as a baby-faced 18-year-old in 2003 before going on to take the world by storm.

Juventus superstar Ronaldo won three Premier League titles and the Champions League among other honours at Old Trafford prior to his blockbuster move to Real Madrid, where he played between 2009 and 2018.

"We've just bought a kid in from Atalanta and hopefully he does something," Ferdinand said on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE podcast after United reportedly spent £37million on Diallo.

"If you see his clips and speak to people at the club who are involved in buying him, potentially this kid could be a world-beater.

"That is the thought of Manchester United people that this kid is one they have unearthed.

"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."

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