Cristiano Ronaldo believes that compatriot Nani is the heir to his Old Trafford throne and has backed the United winger to become one of the world’s best in the coming years. Nani, who signed for United from Ronaldo’s old club Sporting Lisbon in an £17 million deal two years ago, started the games against Chelsea, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Arsenal, Besiktas and Wolverhampton Wanderers this season.
“I’ve seen that Nani is playing much more than he was last season when I was there. That’s good for him and he will benefit from that,” said Ronaldo, who has scored in each of Real Madrid’s games this season.
“Now he has more opportunities to play, he will be able to show the fans just how a great player he is.
“We still speak regularly on the phone. And it’s good to see United’s fans are starting to appreciate him more and have been happy with his form up until now.
“Nani is an excellent player. There’s a lot more to come from him and I’m sure that in a few years he will be amongst the best players in the world,” he told The Mirror.
The former United winger has also admitted to being an armchair red, despite his £80 million move to Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer.
“Every time I can I try to watch United’s games on television. I still like to know what’s happening at Old Trafford. And despite now being at Real, I’m always happy when I know when United have won.”