Portuguese striker Andre Silva was once dubbed by Ronaldo as his heir and he is now turning heads in the Bundesliga.
Imagine someone asks you who is Frankfurt’s best striker. Although you might consider Luka Jovic as the most obvious choice, there’s another star in town. 25-year-old Andre Silva is no stranger to big stages and he’s bound to give Jovic a run for his money.
The Portuguese striker began his career at Porto and quickly emerged as one of the league’s best marksmen. Naturally, it didn’t take long for Andre to move on to higher flights. After scoring 21 goals in one season at the age of 21, AC Milan signed the striker for a whopping €38 million.
However, Andre Silva’s adaptation to Serie A didn’t exactly go as planned. In fact, the young striker only managed to score 10 goals in his first season with the Rossoneri. He was then loaned out to Sevilla where he got similar numbers.
Last season, AC Milan didn’t see the player getting much first-team action and decided to loan him once again, this time to Eintracht Frankfurt. In the Bundesliga, Andre’s adaptation was much easier and he managed to put the ball in the net a total of 16 times on 37 occasions.
Nevertheless, the Portuguese striker has already matched his past efforts halfway through the present season. After scoring back-to-back braces in the last two games of the German League, Andre Silva has now surpassed Erling Haaland’s numbers. The 25-year-old now has 16 goals in just 18 matches, which means that this is bound to be Silva’s best season yet. The Portugal international currently occupies second place in the Bundesliga’s top-scorer charts, only surpassed by Robert Lewandowski.
Cristiano Ronaldo once dubbed Andre Silva as his heir.
Back in 2017, when Andre Silva moved to the Serie A, his idol Cristiano Ronaldo had nothing but good things to say about his fellow countryman.
“When I retire, Portugal will be in good hands because they have already found a great striker: Andre Silva,” said the Juventus star.
Nevertheless, the young striker was modest in his response. When asked about Ronaldo’s uplifting remarks, the Bundesliga star was honored but felt he was far from deserving those kind words.
“I have a lot of work to do before I can express certain thoughts. No [I have not spoken to Ronaldo about the move]. I want to work hard to get closer to the words he has afforded me.
“Cristiano is Cristiano. Everyone dreams of matching him, but I have a long way to go. Cristiano Ronaldo is a legend and I want to follow in his footsteps – but as Andre Silva.”