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Manchester United outcast compared to Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Wilfried Zaha can go on to emulate two-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo if he shows enough dedication.

Zaha is currently on loan at the Cardiff City Stadium from Manchester United, where he has barely featured since making a £15m move from Crystal Palace last year, and made a positive impact on his Bluebirds' debut on Saturday.

The 21-year-old provided the assist for Craig Bellamy's equaliser and terrorised the Norwich City defence after coming as a first-half substitute.

His impressive performance delighted the Cardiff City faithful, while Solskjaer led the plaudits by suggesting the lively winger could emulate his former teammate - and current Real Madrid star - Ronaldo.

"He is one of the best I have seen with the ball," the Cardiff boss told reporters. "He has quick feet and is brave like Cristiano and wants to go forward.

"But he has got to make a ­decision about how good does he want to be and how much does he love this game. He can grow up to become a proper player like Ronaldo if he wants."

Solskjaer added that Ronaldo is the hardest-working player he has ever seen - and he hopes that Zaha can show the same commitment to boost his chances of fulfilling his huge potential.

"I have never seen anyone work as hard as Ronaldo. Before training, after training, he was an exceptionally dedicated man and proved to everyone what ­dedication gets you," the Norwegian, who played for the Red Devils between 1996 and 2007, continued.

"I am not afraid of using Sir Alex Ferguson or Cristiano as an example when I have to because to get the best out of your talent you need to be dedicated.

"It's a desire and attitude from within. It's what you've got in your heart and Cristiano's always had it."

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Wilfried Zaha
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo
Cardiff City
Premier League
Manchester United
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