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Europa League round of 16 draw

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Ronaldo has 'divine talent' - Queiroz

Carlos Queiroz has tipped Cristiano Ronaldo for footballing superstardom.

Although the young Portugal winger caused a storm of controversy during Manchester United's 4-0 win at Tottenham yesterday when he went down under minimal, if any, contact from Steed Malbranque for the visitors' first-half penalty, Ronaldo's antics could not obscure another sensational performance.

On current evidence, the 21-year-old is a virtual certainty to land a host of Player of the Year awards this season.

Little wonder therefore Barcelona and Real Madrid are reportedly set to break the bank in an effort to attract the Madeira-born star to the Spanish sunshine this summer.

United have repeatedly claimed Ronaldo is going nowhere, with Queiroz revealing the Red Devils are ready to open contract negotiations with the player, whose present deal does not expire until 2010.

And Queiroz, who helped persuade Ronaldo to remain at United this season following the negative publicity he attracted during the World Cup, is adamant the wide man can have the same massive impact on football as Michael Jordan has done in the basketball world.

'I have seen many players throughout my career but I believe that over the next decade Cristiano Ronaldo will be European football's equivalent to Michael Jordan in the NBA,' Queiroz told A Bola.

'The kid has a divine talent. I have never seen a player with this level of ability.

'His technique, physique, athleticism and imagination, and added to this is his attitude in training and matches.

'He will be a star for the best part of 10 years.'