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Cristiano Ronaldo Tips Marcus Rashford Among Those to Replace Him and Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo Tips Marcus Rashford Among Those to Replace Him and Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo believes Marcus Rashford is among the group of players he considers capable of replacing him and Lionel Messi.

The Real Madrid superstar is into another season after a superb campaign for his club again and was awarded UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award at the Champions League draw on Thursday.

At 32, Ronaldo is closer to the end of his career than anything else and, with Messi at 30, there’s understandable concern about who steps into the void the pair leave when they retire.

The Portuguese man was asked who could replace them after Thursday’s draw and included Manchester United youngster Rashford as one of a few who are capable.

When asked, Ronaldo, per eurosport.com, said: “That is a very good question.

“I see some with great potential: Asensio, Mbappe, Neymar, Dembele, Hazard, Rashford … and some others. In the next generation there are at least 10 players with very, very great potential.”

Rashford is only 19, but is already a mainstay of the Manchester United team under Jose Mourinho and a consistent goalscoring season would see him emerge as one of the top players in European football.

But, for now, he’s more about what he could be in the next few years – rather than what he is now, like Eden Hazard, Neymar or Kylian Mbappe.

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