Manchester City defender and Premier League Player of the Season, Ruben Dias, has admitted that Manchester United are a stronger candidate after signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Dias has first-hand knowledge of Ronaldo's goalscoring ability from their 24 shared appearances with Portugal, watching him win the Golden Boot at Euro 2020 during the summer.
Although the 24-year-old proved to be an immediate hit in England and helping Pep Guardiola's side to the title last season, he can see a formidable opponent in their biggest rivals.
Dias believes that Ronaldo, 36, is not only a significant presence, but also improving year-on-year having finished as the top scorer in Serie A last time out.
"Cristiano, year after year, continues to be at a high level," the defender told Sport TV as per A Bola.
“He has come up big again. He returns to one of the most competitive leagues in the world and to one of the clubs with the most ambitions. It’s a big step for him.
“We won’t be predicting the future, but obviously United come out reinforced and become more and more a strong candidate.”
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Ronaldo, who was also linked with a move to the Etihad on deciding to leave Italy, scored twice on his Premier League return against Newcastle and got another against Young Boys in the Champions League.
The former Real Madrid striker is hoping to fire his former club to major silverware, and carried on his run of scoring against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday.
City on the other hand failed to score against Southampton at home the previous day, drawing 0-0 just days after seeing off RB Leipzig 6-3 in Europe.
Guardiola was asked how he felt about City's failure to sign a striker following the summer transfer window, and he admitted that he squad had enough talent already.
"I don’t think frustrated is the right word,” he told BT Sport.
"We have an exceptional squad and we have improved to have the best possible team to compete.
"It’s good that a player like Cristiano Ronaldo is back in England for the Premier League and it’s good news."
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