Bruno Fernandes would fit in at Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus, according to his former mentor Cristiano Giaretta, who says the Manchester United star’s statistics for goals and assists make him a potential contender for the Ballon d’Or.
Fernandes began his professional career in Italy with Novara in 2012, where he spent one year before joining Sampdoria.
The Portugal international also took in a spell at Udinese before returning to his homeland, with Sporting CP snapping him up in the summer of 2017.
He quickly became a talismanic figure at Jose Alvalade Stadium due to his all-action style of play, while learning to supply the kind of end product that matches his mercurial talent on a consistent basis.
Fernandes soon began attracting attention from top clubs across Europe, and United eventually won the race for his signature in January.
The Red Devils forked out €55 million (£50m/$68m) to bring the 26-year-old to Old Trafford, which he has already repaid ten-fold, scoring 26 goals in his first 45 appearances across all competitions.
The former Sporting playmaker has also provided 17 assists, with his outstanding performances in the middle of the park helping to transform Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side from also-rans into Premier League title contenders.
Watford sporting director Giaretta, who handed Fernandes his first professional contract at Novara, has heaped praise upon the Portuguese for rising to the very highest level of the game, while claiming he now has unlimited options when it comes to his future.
Asked where he feels Fernandes could end up, Giaretta told Calcio Mercato:
“Good question. It almost goes without saying that he would be fine with Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus.
“The truth is he could go anywhere, but in my opinion, he’s already at the top.
“Personally, I believe that Manchester United and the Premier League are the pinnacle of a career, a point of arrival, not of passage: I thought that as a player and I am still convinced of it, as a sporting director who aims to bring Watford back to the top as soon as possible.
“Then he will make his choices, he is an intelligent boy and will know what is best for him.”