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5 things to know about Andre Silva

 

5) Ronaldo is a huge fan

The young Portuguese sensation has attracted many football fans with his exceptional performances for Porto. One of those fans is the Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, despite his age, remains his nation’s talisman. However, the Portuguese winger claims that the nation will still progress when he retires as in Andre Silva, they have a player for the future. Like Ronaldo, Silva has an eye for goal. He has scored seven times in just eight appearances for the national side. At this rate, he will easily become Portugal’s top 10 all time goal scorers, as he is just 15 goals away from the feat.

 

4) Comparisons with Ronaldo

Andre Silva’s enigmatic style of play has seen him being compared to a young Cristiano Ronaldo. Silva’s direct running and close control are reminiscent of Ronaldo running down the wings. Silva’s coach, Alexander Silva, himself spoke highly of the forward’s flexibility and willingness to run. While Silva may still be a raw potential, he has all the ingredients to match his nation’s greatest footballer ever.

 

3) Found it difficult at Porto

Andre Silva would not have been the star if the now Spain coach, Julen Lopetgui, was still at the club. Back in Jan’16, after finding opportunities difficult to come by at Porto, it looked like Silva would be on his way out. However, the sacking of Lopetgui was a blessing in disguise for Porto as a new star was born. Jose Peseiro showed great trust in Porto’s fifth-choice striker as the young forward repaid his manager’s trust with some scintillating moments. It was only in Taca De Portugal that Silva truly made an impression, helping Porto recover from 2-0 down to draw 2-2, only to lose 4-2 on penalties.

 

2) Once signed for 1000 Euros

After starting his career with Salgueiros, Silva wasted no time in making an impression. He inspired the team to an unlikely win over Porto’s youth team in 2010. According to Alexandre Silva, the entire team was on fire that day, but Silva was the standout player. He was also named the man of the match in that game. Such performances convinced Porto to bring him to the club. However, a failure to convince Salgueiros on the transfer fees led the matter to court. A compensation fee of 1000 Euros was agreed upon. Seven years later, AC Milan paid Porto 35 million Euros for the striker.

 

1) FIFA fan

The new AC Milan striker loves spending his idle time playing games on PlayStation. Like many around the world, Silva finds FIFA alluring. However, despite his love for the game, there are doubts about how good he is at it. If one were to listen to Ivo Rodrigues, Silva’s teammate, then Silva struggles to win games, losing 8 out of 10 and then crying. However, like any FIFA mate, Silva denies this and says that he wins games and is good at it. While his current rating of 74 might not please him, FIFA 18 would surely rate him higher.

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