Former Liverpool and Real Madrid No.9, Michael Owen, has said that former Manchester United winger, Nani should have attended the same lofty heights as Cristiano Ronaldo in the Premier League.
Ronaldo and Nani, both Portuguese, shared a close relationship during their time together at Old Trafford.
Nani was widely regarded as Ronaldo’s successor after he moved to the Premier League club in 2007.
But the former Portugal international failed to hit the standard unlike Ronaldo who has achieved monumental success in the game.
Owen, a United legend, who was Nani’s teammate for two seasons, told Daily Star,
“I think you go through life meeting people and you think ‘Oh, he’ll do well in life, she’ll do well in life’ and whatever.
“There are loads of players that were absolutely so talented and then probably didn’t ever (reach their potential).
“And there were lots of players you think might be a bit of a journeyman, and all of a sudden they reach the absolute top because they’re just like mentality monsters.
“And you know of players that were exceptionally talented and probably could have done even more. Someone like Nani at Manchester United.
“You talk to players and he came hot on the heels of Cristiano Ronaldo (but) possibly felt a little bit in his shadow. But the ability of that kid…
“He would go and get man of the match three or four weeks on the spin, and then he’d have a little knock or something would go against him and his confidence could be shot and you wouldn’t see him for a couple of months. But he had just tons of ability.”