Jorge Simao tipped the Liverpool striker to become a successor of Cristiano Ronaldo back when he played for Pacos de Ferreira.
Liverpool striker Diogo Jota was named as “the successor to Cristiano Ronaldo” even before he sparkled in the Premier League. His former coach Jorge Simao believed that the 23-year-old could become a top prospect back in 2016. Jota, however, was still a work in progress during that time in his homeland Portugal. And he attracted attention from La Liga giants Atletico Madrid to make a move for him while at Pacos de Ferreira.
At that point, Simao made it clear that Jota would follow the path of his glorious countryman Ronaldo. He told The Athletic: “Nobody does what Jota is doing now without having real ambition.
“When he signed for Porto [in 2016], I told a Portuguese website that, for me, Jota would be the successor to Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Obviously, that was quite a big claim to make at that time. Because Jota had only played for Pacos and had not had a good time at Atletico Madrid.
“When Jota signed for Liverpool, I sent him a message to congratulate him. He replied, five seconds later, with a link to that old article about him and Ronaldo.
“It was the very first thing he sent! He must have had it bookmarked. Incredible! He hadn’t forgotten.”
Liverpool transferred Jota at Anfield from Wolves during this summer transfer window. The Portuguese netted 44 goals in 131 outings at Molineux and did not take time to settle at his new club. Moreover, Jurgen Klopp put in £45 million for the starlet with the need to develop his striking force.
And now, Jota has proved to be a successful signing following his seven goals in 11 appearances for the Merseyside club. Only time will tell us if he will become worthy to be billed as Cristiano Ronaldo’s successor.