The Manchester United icon did not hold back in comparing his compatriot to both the Brazilian legend as well as his Portuguese namesake.
Manchester United great Eric Cantona gave a glowing review of fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial, saying he is”as strong as” Brazil legend Ronaldo.
Martial’s arrival at Old Trafford left many scratching their heads, particularly as the club paid36 million to acquire the France international.
But the striker has proven a shrewd investment, having recorded 17 goals and 11 assists in his debut campaign ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final clash with Crystal Palace.
Martial’s pace, skill in tight areas and nose for goal has seen comparisons drawn between him and Ronaldo, and compatriot Cantona says he is worthy of the praise.
“He’s very mature for his age. I think he’s the same kind of player as Ronaldo,” he toldMUTV.”Of course Ronaldo is a Brazilian, but he’s as strong as him. Martial is skilful, he wants to score goals and he has good vision.
Cantona said his compatriot had arrived at the perfect club to nurture his talent, just as United did for Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo.
“At Manchester, it’s a great club for young players when you are in the academy and also when you are 18, 19 or 20 years old,”he continued.
“[At that age] you need to go and play for a great team and also you need to work with people who will help you because you’re still a young player, just as [Cristiano] Ronaldo, the Portuguese Ronaldo, did when he came to play for United and for [Sir Alex] Ferguson.
“He had the opportunity to win trophies, but also Ferguson helped him to be the player he is today.
“And I think he [Martial] has been very clever to choose Manchester United.”