Liverpool star Diogo Jota has been earning comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo
Portuguese pundit Tom Kundert thinks Jota is still far from Ronaldo’s statutory
Jota himself hinted that he could be the next Ronaldo
Portuguese pundit Tom Kundert isn’t convinced Diogo Jota can replace Cristiano Ronaldo as Portugal’s most celebrated football star.
Since the start of the English Premier League season, Jota has been on-fire with his goal scoring. Before the International Break, the Liverpool star signing has already scored a sensational hat-trick against Atalanta.
On Sunday, Jota added glitter to his career by setting a new English top-flight goal record in win over Leicester City.
Due to his impressive nose for goals, Jota is now viewed by some as the player who would succeed Ronaldo. However, Kundert is certain the Reds striker is indeed a talented player but still far from filling the shoes of “CR7.”
“Jota came through at Pacos de Ferreira, a club that staying in the top flight is considered a success, and he was superb,” Kundert told the Liverpool Echo on a special Diogo Jota Blood Red podcast . “He really made people sit up and he was only 18 when he had a magnificent season, scoring about 15 goals. ”
“Jota has taken his game to another level at Liverpool and people are excited – it’s a no-brainer that Jota will be a big part of Portugal’s future,” he continued. “(But) I don’t think Jota will be the replacement for Ronaldo–and you can’t say that about Joao Felix. But there is a group now of four or five players who are at the top of their game at Europe’s top clubs.”
At present, there has been an array of Portuguese sensations who present a strong case for becoming the “next Ronaldo.” But for Kundert, none of them has reached that level yet and Portugal is still looking for someone who can continue the superstar’s legacy.
“Jota, Felix, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes–it’s exciting times for Portugal and they will be contenders for major tournaments,” he explained. “There will be a drop-off and the legend remains, but for a new generation of Portugal fans, there needs to be a figurehead. Before Ronaldo, it was Luis Figo. There has been Eusebio in the past. They have to have someone to carry the fight.”
Jota’s former manager Jorge Simao, on the other hand, has long been convinced that the 23-year-old has already been following the Ronaldo blueprint.