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Rio Ferdinand Claims New Manchester United Signing Amad Diallo is 'Similar to Cristiano Ronaldo'

Jan 12, 2021, 1:41 PM GMT+5:30
Amad Diallo
Amad Diallo joined Manchester United from Serie A side Atalanta at the start of the transfer window | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Rio Ferdinand has likened Manchester United new signing Amad Diallo to Cristiano Ronaldo and claimed the forward has the potential to become a 'world-beater' in the future. The 18-year-old arrived at United this January after signing a deal in October last year. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been widely impressed with the youngster's pace and trickery out wide.

Like Diallo, Ronaldo was 18 when he made the switch to Old Trafford, and Ferdinand is hopeful that the winger can have a similar impact to the Portugal international.

"We’ve just bought a kid in from Atalanta and hopefully he does something,” the former Manchester United defender said on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE podcast. “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.”

Ronaldo won three Premier League titles and one Champions League with the Red Devils before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.