Sevilla striker Andre Silva insists that he does not see himself as Cristiano Ronaldo’s successor
The 22-year-old had been named by Ronaldo in 2017 as the man that will likely succeed him as Portugal’s new main man.
“When I retire, Portugal will be in good hands because they have already found a great striker: Andre Silva,” Ronaldo told Gazzetta dello Sport.
But Silva insists that replacing Ronaldo is not on the agenda and he instead intends to focus on himself.
“I’m not anyone’s heir,” he told Calciomercato. “Cristiano is Cristiano. Everyone dreams of matching him, but I have a long way to go.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a legend and I want to follow in his footsteps – but as Andre Silva.”
Following a disappointing year at AC Milan, Silva has had a remarkable turnaround in form on loan at Sevilla this season with a chart-topping seven goals in as many games.
Last season at Milan, Silva managed just two goals in 24 Serie A appearances.
The young striker spoke of his disbelief at how well he has done at Sevilla with Silva now a surprise favourite for the Pichichi award in La Liga.
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