Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola recently said Silva was Portugal’s “biggest star” as he hailed the playmaker’s performances for his side.
But on Tuesday five-time world player of the year Ronaldo underlined his enduring class by scoring a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid as Juventus overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to join City in the Champions League quarter-finals.
“I think people interpreted things a little differently to what he meant,” said Silva of Guardiola’s remarks.
“Of course Cristiano – what he has done over the last 15 years in football – is probably one of the best players ever in the history of football, so no comparison to him.”
City will discover their quarter-final opponents on Friday and Silva, who on Wednesday signed a contract extension keeping him at the Etihad Stadium until 2025, admits he would not relish a clash with Ronaldo.
The 24-year-old said: “I wouldn’t like it very much, to be honest. I know him, I know what he’s capable of and once again he proved it.
“When you are playing in a competition like the Champions League you have to know that you can get drawn against these kind of teams, these kind of players, and it is a good thing.
“It means you are playing in the best competitions.
“We will see who we are playing against but, of course, to play against Cristiano is always complicated.”
Quadruple-chasing City powered into the last eight themselves as they thrashed Schalke 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium to complete a 10-2 aggregate success.
After three successive hard-fought wins against defensively minded sides in the Premier League, City were back to their most clinical.
It was the seventh time they had scored six or more in a match this season.
Silva said: “I think this is a team who play offensive football. We try to press high, we try to have the control of the game to have the ball as much as possible and when we lose the ball we try to recover as fast as possible.
“We try to score goals, try not to concede and prevent the counter-attacks.
“Sometimes it’s complicated because the teams defend very deep against us but of course we try to be very offensive and create chances to score lots of goals.”
The Premier League is the only domestic competition ever to have had four clubs represented in the last eight and, with City, United and Tottenham already through, Liverpool have repeated the English feat of 2007/08 and 2008/09 following their 3-1 second-leg victory at Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
Here, Press Association Sport looks back at the two previous occasions when four English teams made the last eight.
2007/08: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United
There had been previous instances of all three of a country’s entrants reaching the last eight but the Premier League’s long-established ‘big four’ – before the recent progress of City and Spurs – made history by seeing off AC Milan, Olympiakos, Inter Milan and Lyon respectively in 2008’s last 16.
Liverpool beat Arsenal 5-3 on aggregate in their quarter-final before falling to Chelsea, who had seen off Fenerbahce.
United beat Roma and then Barcelona before winning on penalties in the only all-English final in the competition, with Chelsea captain John Terry hitting a post before Edwin Van Der Sar saved from Nicolas Anelka.
2008-09: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United
Arsenal’s penalty shoot-out win over Roma in the last 16 ensured a repeat performance the following year and the Gunners and United went on to beat Villarreal and Porto respectively in the last eight.
The greatest excitement came in a thrilling last eight second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool, with the Blues salvaging a 4-4 draw and a 7-5 aggregate win.
They were controversially edged out by Barca in the semi-finals, while United comfortably beat Arsenal, with the Catalan giants victorious in the final after goals from Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi.
Those are two of the five occasions when one nation provided three semi-finalists – including the preceding 2006/07 season when Chelsea, United and eventual runners-up Liverpool were all present.
Spain was the first nation to achieve that feat in 1999/2000, when Valencia beat Barcelona in the semi-finals before losing to Real Madrid in the final, with England’s Steve McManaman among the scorers.
AC Milan won a local derby against Inter in 2003 and went on to edge Juventus on penalties in an all-Italian final
Though several big players went missing, no one’s poor performance was as egregious as that of star striker Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern No 9 was completely nullified by the visiting defence, and could do little to have an impact even as the game gradually slipped away.
Here’s a closer look at the striker’s performance.
Goals – 0
Shots – 1
Dribbles – 1
Key Passes – 0
Offsides – 3
Aerial Duels won – 0/3
Lewandowski was involved in Bayern’s goal, as Joel Matip was harried into a rushed attempted clearance that turned into an own goal, knowing that the striker was behind him waiting for a tap-in.
Other than that moment, and another when he missed a Serge Gnabry cross by inches when a goal was certain had he connected, the Pole had little impact on this game. There was little link-up play or attempt to stamp his authority, and Liverpool’s defence handled him with ease.
It’s hard to think of what Lewandowski did well in this game. His mere presence gave Liverpool something to think about, as they were constantly aware of his potential threat, but they dealt with it without any problems. The Bayern striker managed only one shot, had fewer touches than either goalkeeper, and lost all three of the aerial duels he was involved in. Not a good day at the office for Lewandowski.
Lewandowski’s movement was awful – no player was caught offside more often. He also never found away to break free of Virgil van Dijk. In fairness, that’s a difficult task, but a player of Lewandowski’s ability shouldn’t be so handily pocketed, even against a great defender.
Drifted out of the game
The Bayern striker was generally not involved in the game. His 29 touches were the fewest of any player who started, barring Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson – who went off injured in the 13th minute. Lewandowski drifted completely out of the game.
Robert Lewandowski fails to score in his 7th Champions League knockout game in a row. pic.twitter.com/aGpzdABjfw— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@eMiaSanMia) March 13, 2019
Lewandowski’s big-game prowess often gets questioned, and Wednesday’s performance will only give the critics more fuel. The striker was barely in the game. There are factors that explain that, his team-mates inability to find him with passes and crosses, Liverpool’s excellent defending, but for a striker who has shown that he can be more than just a lethal finisher, his lack of impact was galling.
Bayern had a few disappointing performances from star names on Wednesday, but Lewandowski’s stood out.
RATING – 4/10