City star Bernardo Silva plays down comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo

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Bernardo Silva insists he does not deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as his international team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola recently said Silva was Portugal’s “biggest star” as he hailed the playmaker’s performances for his side.

But on Tuesday five-time world player of the year Ronaldo underlined his enduring class by scoring a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid as Juventus overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to join City in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dramatic hat-trick against Atletico Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dramatic hat-trick against Atletico Madrid (Antonio Calanni/AP)

“Of course Cristiano – what he has done over the last 15 years in football – is probably one of the best players ever in the history of football, so no comparison to him.”

City will discover their quarter-final opponents on Friday and Silva, who on Wednesday signed a contract extension keeping him at the Etihad Stadium until 2025, admits he would not relish a clash with Ronaldo.

The 24-year-old said: “I wouldn’t like it very much, to be honest. I know him, I know what he’s capable of and once again he proved it.

“When you are playing in a competition like the Champions League you have to know that you can get drawn against these kind of teams, these kind of players, and it is a good thing.

“It means you are playing in the best competitions.

Quadruple-chasing City powered into the last eight themselves as they thrashed Schalke 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium to complete a 10-2 aggregate success.

After three successive hard-fought wins against defensively minded sides in the Premier League, City were back to their most clinical.

It was the seventh time they had scored six or more in a match this season.

Bernardo Silva was on the scoresheet as City thrashed Schalke 7-0
Bernardo Silva was on the score sheet as City thrashed Schalke 7-0 (Martin Rickett/PA)

“We try to score goals, try not to concede and prevent the counter-attacks.

“Sometimes it’s complicated because the teams defend very deep against us but of course we try to be very offensive and create chances to score lots of goals.”

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