Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo retirements will pave for Bernardo Silva to win Ballon d'Or

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Man City star Bernardo Silva

The retirements of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will pave way for Manchester City star Bernardo Silva to be crowned a Ballon d’Or winner, according to former Portugal winger Paulo Futre.

Silva was instrumental for Pep Guardiola’s side during their historic domestic treble-winning campaign.

His performance against Liverpool in January served up the finest example of his talent and work ethic since signing from Monaco in 2017 for €50 million.

The 24-year-old was voted City’s Player of the Season by supporters as a result of displays such as that one.

And former Porto, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan forward, Futre reckons he is the next superstar in the making.

Check out the video above to see what he had to say

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Perfect 10 for David Silva as he plans Man City exit strategy

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David Silva has laid out his intentions to leave Manchester City at the end of next season.

The 33-year-old has amassed 395 appearances since moving to the Etihad Stadium in 2010 but the 2019/20 campaign looks set to be his last for the club.

Silva, who has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups during his time at City, featured in 33 league games last season as Pep Guardiola’s side retained their crown as part of a domestic treble.

The Spain midfielder, who has also lifted two European Championships and the World Cup with his country, moved to City from Valencia.

He has established himself as a firm fan favourite since then, hitting 70 goals which included the opener in May’s 6-0 FA Cup final thrashing of Watford.

But now he has set a date for when he will depart the club, telling reporters at a press conference in Gran Canaria that reaching a decade seems like the right time to call it a day.

“No, this is the last one,” he replied when asked if he could stay beyond next season. “10 years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time for me.

“Initially, City were talking about two years, but I decided to sign another one, so I finished at 10 years.

“It completes the cycle. It’s a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing against City for another team. So 10 years – that’s it.”

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Chelsea fans will hope Frank Lampard's managerial career mirrors playing success

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Frank Lampard‘s playing career was loaded with goals and silverware – which is just what all Chelsea fans will be hoping he brings if he agrees to become their new manager.

Lampard, 41, looks set to return to take his seat in the Stamford Bridge dugout after Chelsea were granted permission to talk to the current Derby boss.

Hailed as the “standout candidate” when he was appointed to replace Gary Rowett at Pride Park last summer, Lampard had signed a three-year deal to help take the Rams back into the Premier League.

While his side came up short when beaten by Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final at Wembley, Lampard impressed with his fresh management style – and few would begrudge him a celebratory toast after Derby ended Leeds’ involvement as ‘Spygate’ came full circle. The young English coach was now very much on the radar.

Lampard is Chelsea’s record goalscorer and won 11 major honours during a 13-year spell in west London. That glittering array of medals will, though, only buy him so long to deliver – both at home and in Europe when the Blues’ return to the Champions League next season.

A product of West Ham’s fabled academy, Lampard – under the tutelage and guidance of coach and father Frank Lampard Senior and Hammers boss and uncle Harry Redknapp – quickly showed his talent.

Lampard led Derby to the Championship play-off final in his first season in management.

Lampard led Derby to the Championship play-off final in his first season in management.

A move to Chelsea beckoned in 2001 before Roman Abramovich’s billions helped the Blues forge a team good enough to challenge for honours.

But, for all the money splashed by the Russian oligarch, Lampard’s place in the Chelsea midfield remained largely unchallenged.

The England international would lift three Premier League trophies, four FA Cups and two League Cups as well as the Champions League and the Europa League – every major honour on offer to a player in the English game.

Lampard remains Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, his tally of 211 taking him past the long-standing mark of Bobby Tambling. He came second only to Didier Drogba in a 2012 fans’ poll to find the best player in the club’s history.

Capped 106 times by England after making his debut in October 1999, part of the so-called ‘Golden Generation’, Lampard’s international career is likely to be remembered mostly for a goal that never was.

A typical long-range effort crashed in off the underside of the crossbar to draw England level against Germany in their 2010 World Cup last-16 clash in Bloemfontein, where they had trailed 2-0.

The goal, though, was not awarded by referee Jorge Larrionda despite the ball clearly bouncing over the line.

England went on to lose 4-1 and crash out of another tournament which they had entered with overbearing pressure to succeed.

Lampard eventually left Chelsea in the summer of 2014, and looked set for a switch to New York City FC in Major League Soccer.

It was a move, though, which would controversially see him first line up for the MLS franchise’s parent club Manchester City. During March 2015, Lampard made his 600th Premier League appearance, the second player to do so after Ryan Giggs.

Lampard enjoyed a decorated career at Chelsea.

Lampard enjoyed a decorated career at Chelsea.

After finally hanging up his boots following the end of his contract with New York City FC, Lampard worked in the media before making his first tentative steps into management at Derby, who finished sixth in the Championship to earn a shot at promotion.

Off the field, Lampard was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours, while the former Brentwood School pupil with a GSCE A* in Latin has also penned a series of children’s novels around ‘Frankie’s Magic Football’.

Throw in a high-scoring MENSA test earlier in his career and it becomes apparent Lampard is more rounded than your average footballer.

His wife Christine gave birth to daughter Patricia in September last year, Lampard’s third child.

Chelsea fans will be hoping to soon toast more new arrivals with trophies in the Stamford Bridge cabinet.

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