Leko reveals Nigerian star can reach Messi or Ronaldo level

Naija Players Abroad By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 09/04/2019

Club Brugge coach Ivan Leko reveals why Nigerian star Emmanuel Dennis can reach the level of Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi or Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo's level.

The 21-year-old winger has continued his impressive streak of form after scoring for the second consecutive game as Blue-Black made light work of Standard Liege 4-0 in a Belgian First Division game on Monday evening at Jan Breydel Stadium.

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Dennis headed home a Hans Vanaken's delivery on the 39th-minute mark to stretch his side's lead, his seventh goal from his 20 league appearances so far this season before setting up Arsenal transfer target Wesley in the 80th minute to make 4-0.

Club Brugge manager, Ivan Leno reacted with Nigerian U23 forward performance and could not help lauding the improvement the Abuja born has made this term, while even drawing comparisons with two of the game's greatest players.

Leko said in his press conference after the encounter via the club official website: "The difference between today's Dennis and that of three months ago is that he continues to play in turbo after twenty or thirty minutes.

"He can provide extra motivation for top matches but in the past, he sometimes stops playing football after one goal or assists. That is no longer the case.

"Whether he will ever be able to reach the Ronaldo or Messi level? He has a lot of talent but will still have to eat a lot of sandwiches."