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People are too scared to blow their own trumpet these days. Old Trafford winger Nani is trying to change that.
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“As a player I think I’m close to being as complete as I can be,” said Nani. “Now I can say I’m one of the top players in the world.
“I play for the best club in the world and my role in the team is as a decisive player, scoring goals or setting up and so the team can win.
“You have to believe in yourself and believe in your abilities on the pitch. Big games are for big players.
“I want to be one of the best. I’m not scared to play in the big games, they are the most beautiful in football – you play with very high quality.
“Beautiful football, that’s what everyone likes. And that helps lift my performance too.” (Sky Sports)
Ignoring Saturday’s controversial goal for a moment, these are some fantastic quotes from Nani.
Although he makes a fairly bold claim – and Nani is clearly not lacking in confidence – it is also one that is difficult to argue with. He certainly hasn’t done my fantasy football team any harm.
In fact, given his form in the second half of last season, and his performances so far in the current campaign, Nani very much deserved to be on the Ballon d’Or list. Aside from missing the World Cup due to injury, few in the world game have played as well as he has this calendar year.
Perhaps Nani feels he has to point out to the world how well he has played – given that neither FIFA nor France Football appear to have noticed.