Ronaldo sees some of himself in Marcus Rashford and has tipped the young Manchester United striker for an “amazing future”.
Rashford has scored seven times in just 15 games for United since bursting onto the scene with four goals in his first two senior starts against Midtjylland and Arsenal in February.
The 18-year-old has already been likened to Patrick Kluivert by Louis van Gaal – and now he has received an even more flattering comparison from Brazil’s second highest all-time goalscorer.
“He’s a very good young player,” Ronaldo told The Sun of Rashford. “I see some of myself in him for sure — he has courage and he’s fast and is very good with the ball.
“I think for the strikers they have to be hungry to score and I see that with him. He has an amazing future.”
Ronaldo also had kind words for Wayne Rooney, backing the England captain to retain his place for the European Championship this summer.
He said: “He’s amazing as a person — I have met him before — and as a player. He’s an icon for England. He was playing a little bit behind the striker in midfield in that game. He was very good. He’s a worker.
“I’m sure that he will play. He’s the captain. He can still give England his best performances.”
Ronaldo also revealed he is backing England for glory this summer, adding: “In the qualifiers they had 10 matches and 10 victories. I think England are the favourites to win. You have the best qualifying performance.
“I would love to see England win. In England people love football so much, you deserve to win with the national team.”