C. Ronaldo Picks His Next Generation Of Superstars

The Real Madrid star, who turned 30 in February, has named five players he thinks have the potential to replicate his achievements in football, including a Barcelona rival

Cristiano Ronaldo has picked five young players he considers the most promising in football today.

Ronaldo was heralded as a teenager with great potential when he arrived at Manchester United for just over £12 million in 2003.

He went on to win three Premier League titles and the Champions League whilst at Old Trafford before moving to Real Madrid.

The Portugal international won the Champions League again with Madrid and claimed another league title in 2011-12, and is also among an elite group of players including Lionel Messi, Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten to have won the Ballon d’Or three or more times.

In an interview with BT Sport, Ronaldo has named the young stars he believes could follow in his footsteps.

“You see many players with potential, I will mention [Martin] Odegaard of Madrid for example,” he said. “At 16 he’s still young but you can see he’s a very good player.

“[Eden] Hazard for example, the No.7 of Manchester, [Memphis] Depay is a good player too. [Also Paul] Pogba and maybe Neymar.”

Depay Can Be A Man Utd Great Under Van Gaal, Says De Boer

The Ajax boss does not think the former PSV star will be affected by the pressure of playing at Old Trafford despite an inconsistent start to the season

Frank de Boer has backed Memphis Depay to become a Manchester United great – and believes Louis van Gaal is the right man to get the best out of the summer signing

The Ajax manager was beaten to the title by PSV in 2014-15, with the attacker topping the Eredivisie scoring charts with 22 goals prior to his transfer.

De Boer has seen enough of the 21-year-old to predict he will be a success during his United career and is confident Van Gaal is the ideal man to move his game forward.

“I think Depay needs that kind of coach,” he told Omnisport

“He has a great mentality but still he is very young and has to know what he has to do to stay on that level or even get better – I think Van Gaal is the right person for that. 

“I think he can be a great player for Manchester United because he has everything – he has speed, he has technique, he can score goals and physically he is very strong. 

“He normally never gets injured and for his age he has played a lot of games for PSV.”

De Boer does not think the Netherlands international will be affected by the pressure of playing for one of the world’s biggest clubs.

He continued: “I think he can [handle the pressure]. 

“He showed that also last year for PSV – they had to be champions and he had a fantastic year.”

Depay has played in 13 games for United in all competitions so far this season and scored four goals.

Depay Handed Manchester United No.7 Shirt

The summer signing from PSV Eindhoven will don the jersey previously worn by the likes of Robson, Cantona, Beckham and Ronaldo at Old Trafford

Memphis Depay has been handed Manchester United‘s iconic No. 7 shirt following the departure of Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain, the club confirmed on Friday.

The Dutchman, who arrived from PSV in a deal worth around £22.3 million this summer, takes on the number previously worn by club legends including Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bastian Schweinsteiger will wear the same number 31 he used at Bayern Munich, with Marouane Fellaini taking on the No.27 shirt to allow the Germany captain his favoured shirt.

Meanwhile, fellow summer additions Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian will wear No.28 and No.36 respectively, the same shirts they were handed during United’s pre-season tour of the USA.

There are notable changes elsewhere, with Luke Shaw taking up his preferred number 23 shirt, which he wore both as a Southampton player and at the 2014 World Cup with England. Meanwhile, striker James Wilson has swapped number 49 for 19.

David De Gea retains the No.1 shirt, despite his manager revealing on Friday that he will not start Saturday’s clash with Tottenham at Old Trafford, with Sergio Romero – his possible replacement – being handed the No.20 shirt.