Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has named six players including Marcus Rashford and Marco Asensio as potential successor to the world best player throne.
The 32-year-old forward, who has four Ballon d’Or trophies to his name, looks set to add another to his collection following a very successful 2016/2017 season in which he won back to back Champions League, the La Liga and the UEFA Euro 2016 with Portugal.
Asked about who could succeed him after he was named Uefa’s Player of the Year for 2016-17, Ronaldo said: “That is a very good question.”
“I see some with great potential: [Marco] Asensio, [Kylian] Mbappe, Neymar, [Ousmane] Dembele, [Eden] Hazard, [Marcus] Rashford and some others.”
“In the next generation, there are at least ten players with very, very great potential.”
Ronaldo, who will not play in the La Liga until 20 September against Real Betis, was fined €3,005 following his five-match ban for pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Camp Nou win over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.