Nani reveals he was stunned by ‘phenomenal’ Paul Scholes when he joined Manchester United but says Cristiano Ronaldo was his greatest former team-mate at Old Trafford
- Nani says he was impressed by Paul Scholes in early days at Manchester United
- The former United winger says Cristiano Ronaldo was his ‘favourite’ team-mate
- Nani believes Ronaldo’s haul of goals and assists make him an all-time great
Nani has revealed he was stunned by the ability of ‘phenomenal’ Paul Scholes during his early days at Manchester United.
The former United winger moved to Old Trafford in 2007 and spent eight years at the club before moving on to Fenerbahce in 2015.
Nani, who now plays his football for MLS side Orlando City, has reflected on his early days in Manchester and admits he was taken aback by Scholes.
Nani says he was stunned by ‘phenomenal’ ability of Paul Scholes when he joined Man United
Nani and Scholes were team-mates at Old Trafford for six years between 2007 and 2013
Nani revealed Cristiano Ronaldo was his ‘favourite’ former team-mate from his United days
‘One player who really surprised me and impressed me a lot in the beginning was Paul Scholes – he was phenomenal,’ Nani said in a Q&A with Football Wave.
Nani was tipped to become Cristiano Ronaldo’s long-term successor when he moved to United, having come through the same Sporting Lisbon academy as his compatriot.
Despite never hitting the same heights as Ronaldo at Old Trafford, the 33-year-old revealed his team-mate made a lasting impression.
The 33-year-old admitted Petr Cech was the toughest opponent he faced in Premier League
‘My favourite was still Cristiano Ronaldo – the best. Best player ever? I have seen so many… even from the past like Maradona, Pele… but I would pick my companion of many battles, someone I have won so much with, someone I really respect.
‘Numbers don’t lie and they also show he is the best – Cristiano Ronaldo.’
Nani, who won four Premier League titles and the Champions League during his time at United, was also asked about some of his toughest Premier League opponents.
‘Maybe Petr Cech,’ he continued. ‘I scored a few against him but he was always tough to face. He was tall, agile and tough to beat.
‘Ashley Cole (gave me trouble). He was really tough in the beginning. But then I got used to him and put him in my pocket!’
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