Rafael Leao heads to Qatar with the world at his feet and a World Cup in his sights, one of Europe’s rising stars ready to take up the mantle of fading Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo.
Rafael Leao heads to Qatar with the world at his bases and a World Cup in his sights, one of Europe’s rising stars ready to take up the mantle of fading Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo. The undoubted star at AC Milan, where his flamboyant sect play brought last season’s Serie A title, the 23- time-old Portugal bushwhacker has developed from a talented but inconsistent youth to a proven match- winner. His six pretensions and nine assists in all club competitions this season have helped put Milan back in the blend for the Scudetto in Italy and in the last 16 of the titleholders League for the first time in nine times.
Fleet of bottom and blessed with superb balance, Leao also has accurate distribution and an eye for thing, and under trainer Stefano Pioli he has come the one to watch every time he turns out for Milan.
In some ways his career has imaged the early times of stager Ronaldo, who has been out of favour at Manchester United and going through a rapid-fire decline in both performances and status in the twilight of his career.
Ronaldo was also considered a show pony when he came through at United nearly two decades ago, a raw teenager who was yet to turn into the thing machine who came up with the goods when it signified.
“I made the leap thanks to the appearance of Pioli( in 2019). He gave me the right intelligence and always encouraged me to believe in myself,” Leao said to DAZN in March, before claiming the Italian title.
“He always told me that I was talented but that I did not have the winning intelligence, that if I wanted to get to the same position as( Kylian) Mbappe or Ronaldo I demanded to make an impact in every single match.”
Like Ronaldo, Leao came through at Sporting Lisbon and he has been compared to Mbappe– and those two are the players he aspires to be like.
Former Sporting youth trainer Tiago Fernandes said in 2019 that he believed Leao was the stylish player in the history of the club’s academe– indeed better than Ronaldo as a youth player.
“I wanted to show everyone who I really was, indeed if I am not yet a true goalscorer like Mbappe or Ronaldo,” Leao said before this time.
” Those two are the two bushwhackers I study on YouTube and who inspire me. I want to get to their position.”
Leao’s career exploded into life in France at Lille after he unilaterally ended his contract with Sporting in 2018 when suckers raided the club’s training ground.
The legal wrangles which redounded from that move– Leao has to pay Sporting 20 million euros($20.2 m)– have gurgled in the background as he approaches a event which could see him take the step up to the coming position.
Milan are trying to get Leao to extend his current deal which runs to 2024, and Italian media report that they’re offering 6- 7 million euros a time in an attempt to stave off interest from the Premier League.
Chelsea made an informal shot for Leao in the last close season, and Milan director Paolo Maldini said in September that” no bone is unsellable” for a club which can no longer gesture around a bulging portmanteau as during the salad days of Silvio Berlusconi.
Portuguese sports diurnal Record also claimed that Maldini met with Sporting director Frederico Varandas doubly as part of conversations over Leao’s debt, with presently around a fifth of his periodic payment being taken to pay back his former club.
Milan are reportedly trying to cut a deal with the Portuguese side in the stopgap it’ll move Leao to stay long- term at the San Siro– which suckers are packing out thanks in part to Leao’s development into one of the world’s most instigative bents. Know More News…