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Solskjaer: Zaha can take after Ronaldo

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By Andrew Tuft

Monday 03 February 2014

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Wilfried Zaha could one day be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, ESPN has reported.

Wilfried Zaha

Zaha, on loan from Manchester United, played a major role in Cardiff’s come-from-behind win over Norwich City on Saturday, creating Craig Bellamy’s equalising goal, and while Solskjaer is reluctant to make such lofty comparisons, he admitted he sees a lot of Ronaldo in Zaha.

“I don't really want to compare Wilfried with Cristiano, but he has quick feet like Cristiano, he is brave like Cristiano and wants to go forward,” Solskjaer said.

“But he is young. He has got to make a decision about how good does he want to be and how he loves this game. Coming in here he just wants to play football and he's been bright as a button these last few days.”

Solskjaer added however that the key to what made Ronaldo the player he is today is hard work, and believes Zaha has to follow a similar path if he wants to reach that level.

“He is one of the best I have seen with the ball,” Solskjaer said of Zaha. “He can grow up to become a proper player like Ronaldo if he wants.

“I have never seen anyone work as hard as Ronaldo. Before training, after training, he was an exceptionally dedicated man and proved to everyone what dedication gets you.”

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