Manchester United legend Dimitar Berbatov has compared teenage sensation Mason Greenwood to a young Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United with regards to his style of play.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season scoring 15 goals in all competitions.
Ronaldo also broke into United’s first team at a similar age after making the switch from Sporting Lisbon to Old Trafford in 2003.
Former United striker Berbatov believes Greenwood shares similar attributes and has backed the youngster to become one of the best players in the world.
“Mason Greenwood has really impressed me, even before his last game [against Bournemouth], he always gets his shots on target, and he has two good feet, not just his left,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“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 Cristiano 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.
“He’s still a long way from being as good as Ronaldo I have to add, he has a long way to go, but at the moment he’s doing it the right way and he’s in the best environment possible.
“He’s surrounded by a great manager, experienced players, and great people, all of whom will help him take the next steps. These days we rush too quickly to say a player is the next Maradona, Pele, Messi or Ronaldo, we should let him find his feet.
“It’s important for Greenwood to stay relatively level-headed right now. He obviously knows he has quality and a good environment around him, so it’s hard to be extremely humble, but it’s certainly easier to be more guarded than others might be.
“He can be as arrogant as he likes on the pitch, it will actually help him, but once the game is over you have to be respectful, and people will appreciate that and respect you more for it.”