Nani needs to be at his best to help Portugal to the trophy .

Rio Ferdinand: Nani has the potential to be the best in the world

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Portugal are having to fare without Cristiano Ronaldo in the final of Euro 2016, which is ordinarily a recipe for disaster.

Ronaldo was forced off just before the 25-minute mark with what looked like a nasty injury, leaving many in doubt that Portugal will go on to beat France without him.

However, according to Rio Ferdinand, there's no need to worry, because one player - who supposedly has the potential to be the world's best - is on the field.


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Paul Pogba? Antoine Griezmann? Nope. Nani.

Nani's talent 

Commentating on the BBC and brought to our attention by, Ferdinand said of the former Manchester United man, who is on his way to Valencia:

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“He’s somebody who, if he got it all together, he’d be one of the best players on the planet.

“In this tournament, he’s been one of the best, if not their best, attacking player."

Big claim

“He’s played as a striker here, that’s not his normal position, and that shows a level of intelligence in itself.”

Portugal v France - Final: UEFA Euro 2016

Ferdinand's comments are sure to raise a few eyebrows, but Nani's been given the chance to prove him right.

Without Ronaldo, the pressure is on Nani to perform, though Portugal's record against France is pretty woeful.

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