Rio raves over 'ridiculous' Nani

BY foxsports • April 4, 2011

Rio Ferdinand believes Nani deserves to be named Player of the Year after being Manchester United's "most productive player" this season.

The Portuguese winger is in the running to be named PFA Footballer of the Year after coming of age at Old Trafford this season.

Tottenham wideman Gareth Bale and Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri were hitting the headlines early in the campaign but Ferdinand feels Nani has now put their efforts in the shade.

While Dimitar Berbatov is United's leading scorer with 20 Premier League goals, Nani has not only scored a career-best nine but claimed 16 assists - five more than any Premier League player.

Ferdinand cannot vote for his team-mate, who joined from Sporting Lisbon in July 2007, but he insists he would be a worthy winner.

"Nani's my Player of the Year," he told the club's official magazine.

"I've gone on about Samir Nasri and Gareth Bale in the last few months, but Nani beats them both.

"He's been involved in a crazy number of our goals this season - it's ridiculous.

"He's easily been our most productive player, without a doubt.

"Berba's scored a lot of goals but when we've needed that little bit of magic, Nani's been the man to step up."

Nani has blossomed since the departure of compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid in July 2009.

And Ferdinand, who has been forced to spend much of the season on the sidelines through injury, admits he loves watching him play.

"He's the kind of player who gets me off my seat," said the England star.


"He's exciting to watch and he always wants to beat his man, which is a great trait in an attacker. He always wants the ball, he's determined and he scores regularly, too.

"I don't think he gets the plaudits he deserves. A lot of people overlook him but he's been as good as anybody else in the league this season."

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