Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BIGGER THAN Ronaldo

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BIGGER THAN Ronaldo

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PEP Guardiola has claimed that his City ace Bernardo Silva is already the 'biggest star' in the Portugal team.

And he also claimed the 24-year-old has been one of the top two players in the Premier League this season.

The Blues boss was asked whether the midfielder could become one of the biggest stars for his national team, ahead of the Blues' Champions League last 16 tie with Schalke tonight.

And his response was remarkable, considering the fact Cristiano Ronaldo is still regarded as not only the biggest name in Portugal, but also in world football, alongside Lionel Messi.

"He's the biggest star already, he's a lovely person," said Guardiola.

Bernardo did emerge as Portugal's biggest influence during the World Cup last summer, when Ronaldo was struggling to inspire his team. …

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