Memphis Depay is considered one of the biggest talents in Holland. He has been exceptional this season, and has helped cement PSV in the first place of Eredivisie. Given the similar playing position and style, is Memphis Depay the new Cristiano Ronaldo?
Memphis Depay has been at PSV from 2006, which makes him a PSV product. He has started playing for PSV first team in 2011 and has since than established himself as their key attacking player. Although his first two seasons for PSV first team, yielded only 8 goals, Depay showed signs of improvement. Last season he managed to score 14 goals overall. This caught the eye of Luis Van Gaal, so he took Depay to World Cup, where Holland won 3rd place. Depay impressed at the World Cup scoring two goals in the process.
Memphis Depay is currently 21 years old, and has really stood out this season, scoring 21 goals overall. In a way this is similar to Cristiano Ronaldo, because he was around 21 years of age when he started scoring goals in bigger numbers.
It is quite difficult to compare these two players now, because of the age difference. That is why I decided to compare the players when they were both 21 years old.
|COMPARING AT 21|
|DEPAY CAN DRIBBLE|
The thing this picture doesn’t tell is the difficulty of the league. Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world, if not the best. While Erdevisie is one of the lesser leagues. This puts the question mark on Depay’s performances, or in other words, would he be able to perform in the more difficult league. It is similar to Alexandre Lacazette because he has great statistics but not in a very strong league.
Its hard to say if Memphis Depay is the new Cristiano Ronaldo, because he doesn’t play in that difficult league. There are definitely similarities between the two, but you can never predict just how will things turn out. Cristiano Ronaldo had Alex Ferguson to help him achieve his stardom. I seriously doubt that Memphis Depay will have a similar coach, and because of that, his chances are smaller to achieve, what Ronaldo achieved. Nevertheless his stats are showing him to be on the right path and just maybe, he will become the next world class player!