Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Pedro Neto is clearly destined for an exciting future in football.
The 20-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant 2020/21 so far, and has regularly been Wolves’ standout performer in games.
It’s been a tough slog at times for the team as a collective, but Nuno Espirito Santo has always been able to rely on Neto to provide a spark.
The youngster’s latest quality display came against Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium. With the game delicately balanced at 1-1, he stepped up to score a truly brilliant goal, swiveling beyond Jannick Vestergaard in a flash before firing into the far corner from the tightest of angles with deadly accuracy.
It was a piece of brilliance only special players – or players with special potential – can hope to showcase.
Neto’s recent rise has led to some fans on social media to recall another Portuguese player that regularly blew people away after arriving in England as a teenager.
In a lot of people’s eyes, Cristiano Ronaldo is now the greatest footballer whoever lived, but how do Pedro Neto’s early statistics actually compare to that of the four-time Ballon d’Or winner?
For those that have been wondering, currently, Neto’s Premier League record reads: 53 appearances made, eight goals scored, seven assists made.
Using Transfermarket statistics, Ronaldo’s record in the same competition after the same amount of appearances reads as follows: six goals scored, seven assists made.
Neto will be a top player, but CR7 level out of the question
Neto will likely go on to do great things in the game, and his early record in the Premier League is obviously very encouraging when stacked up against Ronaldo’s.
It would take an extrmely brave man to predict he’ll be come ‘the next Ronaldo’ though.
Realistically that just won’t happen – the man is the complete footballer and a goalscoring machine, powered by a work ethic that is unrivaled and just won’t ever be seen again.
It all looks quite exciting right now in terms of the numbers, but if Neto has even half the career Ronaldo has had then that will be some achievement.