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Could this have been Nani's chance to show the World how good he is?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

This World Cup could really have been Manchester United winger Nani's big chance to show the World that he can be the best. The Portuguese winger had been living in Crisitano Ronaldo's shadow until he moved to Real Madrid where Nani started to show his true potential. Unfortunately, Nani's hopes of not only showcasing his talent but the chance of winning footballs most prestigious award has been dashed due to injury which will force him to miss the World Cup finals. For his sake, I hope he had travel insurance.

It wasn't really until last season when Alex Ferguson showed he has faith in the young winger. Before then, Nani had been used as an impact sub. However, the departure of Ronaldo and Teves gave Nani a chance to stake a claim in the Manchester United starting eleven. It's fair to say he did a good job. Although he suffered from injury's during the season, he looked very impressive. Nani injured his shoulder in training last week, an injury thought not to be very serious at first but after further analysis the full extent of the injury was shown.

Now, Nani is only 23, so there is at least two more World Cups left in his career, so really its not the end of the world. You do have to feel for him though, it was the best he had been playing since his arrival to the Premier League and now he has to wait until next season before he can rekindle the form he showed last season. I was really looking forward to seeing Nani play. To be honest, I hadn't been his biggest fan up until last season. I thought he was too selfish and didn't contribute much to the team. I didn't think he was good enough to fill in Ronaldo's boots and even though he hasn't quite reached that standard yet, he has shown he has the ability to maybe do so in the future.

This will certainly be a devastating blow to Nani, but Steven Gerrard missed the 2002 World Cup with injury and look at him now, captain of his club, country (by default) and one of the best players in the World. The real question that has to be asked is what if Nani was just a one season wonder? It's a real shame that this years World Cup could have answered this question, but now we will have to wait until next season to find out.


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