Manchester United legend Dimitar Berbatov has tipped Mason Greenwood to hit Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s levels.
The Englishman has recorded 15 goals and 5 assists across all competitions this season. This has earned Greenwood an almost guaranteed place in the starting XI.
Moreover, there is hardly anyone left to be impressed by him as fans and pundits alike appreciate the youngsters exploits. In fact, Berbatov himself seems to be a big fan.
The Bulgarian was speaking about the time Ronaldo will eventually retire, dubbing it as ‘one of the saddest days in world football,’ but believes the United youngster can replicate his legacy.
“It will be one of the saddest days in world football when Ronaldo finishes playing, even those who dislike him will appreciate him,” the former Red Devil told Betfair (via the Mirror).
“The day will come, but hopefully not for some time yet. When he’s finished, other players will come, even Pele and Maradona were eventually replaced – life is a circle.”
The former forward went on to group the United academy graduate amongst Kylian Mbappe and Neymar as the new generation of world-beaters.
“We have Neymar, Mbappe, Greenwood, and other young players that can hopefully reach the highs of Ronaldo and Messi, as unbelievable as that may seem,” he spoke further. “Mason Greenwood has really impressed me, even before his last game, he always gets his shots on target, and he has two good feet, not just his left.”
He goes on to add: “It’s good to see he’s being given a chance to shine and play regularly, and he’s taking that chance. He’s well on the way to being a really good player, what he’s shown is unbelievable. He reminds me of Ronaldo at that age, especially with his self-belief and confidence to take players on. They also share quickness and sharpness, he’s in a great position for his age, and as I said, he’s embraced the opportunity.
“He’s proving he can be a brilliant player not just now, but also in the future. If he continues on his current path, he’ll be one of the best players in the world.”
The England U21 international’s potential is undeniable. And as the former Bulgaria star said, if the forward works hard and takes his opportunities well, he can be one of the very best.
The 18-year-old has been tipped for world-class potential by a man who was himself world-class during his prime. There may be some truth in his words.