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Ronaldo impossible to replace for Portugal, says Silva

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Bernardo Silva is determined to continue improving so as to give his best for Portugal but accepts he will never be able to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Portugal ace Cristiano Ronaldo’s thirst to land an international honor was finally quenched when he guided his side to Euro glory in 2016.

Ronaldo further strengthened his position among the all-time great footballers by bringing home another silverware for his national side in the shape of the UEFA Nations League trophy two years later.

With 99 goals from 164 games, he is currently Portugal’s as well as Europe’s leading goalscorer.

The Juventus forward is now reaching the twilight of his career. And when the time finally comes for him to step down, he can do it peacefully with the likes of Joao Felix, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, and Bernardo Silva among Portugal’s next generation.

But Silva believes no player would ever be able to outperform the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

“Taking Cristiano’s place is impossible. Nobody is going to do that,” asserted the Man City winger in an interview with AS.

“I’m going to try and always keep improving so I can do the best I can for Portugal and my club – helping my country and team to win everything possible.

“When a player is good they can make it. Some are more technical, faster, slower, taller, shorter… but when there is quality and hard work, every player can dream of making it.”