Brazil legend Rivaldo has reserved special praise for Liverpool star Roberto Firmino, who reached an impressive Premier League milestone.
Firmino has been a revelation since joining the Reds, and he became the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals after scoring against Burnley last week.
While Rivaldo did praise Firmino for reaching the feat, he claims he would have scored 50 league goals if he had joined Manchester United back in 2001.
“Roberto Firmino has become the first Brazilian player to reach 50 goals on Premier League and I must congratulate him for that achievement,” Rivaldo told Betfair .
“He is a player of great personality, with a particular taste for scoring goals and also very clever on his movements near the opposite goal.
“He didn't play in the starting 11 at the last World Cup but looks like he will have a good chance of starring for his country in 2022 because he is a top forward.
“Perhaps if I had signed for Manchester United when I had the opportunity, I could have achieved something similar to what Firmino is doing at Liverpool .
“Of course, it would depend on the time spent there. But I did shape my style from a creative player, who only assisted others, into someone who could also score regularly.
“In five seasons with Barcelona I scored 130 goals, so why couldn't I have scored 50 or so in England? I think it would have been possible after four or five seasons there.”