Netherlands legend Danny Blind believes Liverpool possess ‘the new Ronaldo’ in Sadio Mane.
Blind – who is the father of former Manchester United defender Daley – has been left in awe of the Senegal international in recent times, and reckons he can become Lionel Messi’s new sparring partner.
He told The Mirror: “Sadio Mane is the new Ronaldo in world football.
“As an attacking player, he is absolutely fantastic. I can go through all his qualities – and he is superb in every aspect.
“He can score with his left foot, right foot and with sensational headers.
“He can give brilliant assists, he is an incredible athlete, and I could go on even more!
“Mane is the super modern player. If you look at his skills, that is one great thing, but he is able to combine that with astonishing sprints right throughout the game.”
Mane finished fourth in the 2019 Ballon d’Or standings, just one place behind Portuguese icon Ronaldo.
The former Southampton man – rested against Bournemouth at the weekend – is having another fine season in 2019/20, scoring 13 goals in 21 appearances so far – Ronaldo has eight from 17.
TBR’s view – Mane can become Messi’s new rival
Ronaldo appears to be finally beginning his decline over in Serie A, and Mane could absolutely be the man to take over his mantle.
He really can do everything, and is now far more clinical in front of goal these days.
Should Liverpool win the 2019/20 Premier League, there will likely be a very good chance of him scooping next year’s gong – depending, of course, on what the irrepressible Messi achieves with Barcelona.