Manchester City star Bernardo Silva believes that the team is stronger because of its collective and will not necessarily benefit from individually brilliant players like Messi or Ronaldo.
Speaking to GQ, the attacking midfielder propounded a theory that Manchester City has only been as good as they have – winning the Premier League last season with a record number of points and being on course to winning it again this time around – because of their collective strength.
In fact, he even went as far as to single out Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to say that his team may be better off without them.
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“I believe our extra gear is the collective. Every player has his role and everyone knows they are important in the same way. Someone like Ronaldo can win a match alone, but City doesn’t have this type of player,” he said.
“Captains like Vincent Kompany have an important impact within the team. Someone like Fernandinho makes his presence felt in difficult moments. I believe our strength is the absence of someone like Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi, who make the difference individually.”
Silva, 24, has been a mainstay in Pep Guardiola’s plans this season, racking up 43 appearances in all competitions, with 11 goals and 12 assists to show for his efforts.