Holland legend Danny Blind has stated that Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is the new Cristiano Ronaldo in world football.

The Dutchman believes that the Senegal international has the qualities that Ronaldo possessed in his best years as a player.

Mane finished fourth in the 2019 Ballon d’Or, which highlights the type of form the forward has been in.

Blind told the Mirror: “Sadio Mane is the new Ronaldo in world football.

“As an attacking player he is absolutely fantastic. I can go through all his qualities – and he is superb in every aspect.

“He can score with his left foot, right foot and with sensational headers.

“He can give brilliant assists, he is an incredible athlete, and I could go on even more!

“Mane is the super modern player. If you look at his skills, that is one great thing, but he is able to combine that with astonishing sprints right throughout the game.”

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Xherdan Shaqiri after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Cardiff City at Anfield on October 27, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

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“Do you know why Messi voted for Mane? Because great players recognise other great players,” Blind added.

“I don’t compare Mane to Messi. I think Sadio is much more like Cristiano Ronaldo in his very best years.

“Ronaldo was so physically and mentally strong.

“Sadio is like a massive rock of granite and yet so dynamic at the same time – just like Ronaldo was for so many years.

“It is right that people are finally taking notice of Mane as an incredibly special player.”

Mane has been exceptional since signing for Liverpool from Southampton back in 2016. As each season has gone by, he has improved as a player. He is arguably Liverpool’s most important player on the pitch.

Mane was rested for Liverpool’s 3-0 Premier League victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, as the Reds have a massive Champions League group stage fixture against Salzburg Tuesday night.

The Reds have to avoid defeat to progress to the knockout rounds. Mane will have a crucial role to play if Liverpool are to have a chance at defending the Champions League trophy this season.

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