Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has been backed to reach the top of the game by Brazil legend Roberto Carlos.
Shaw had a fantastic season at Old Trafford last year and finally looked like the defender that persuaded United to break the British transfer record for a teenager — back in 2014 when they signed him from Southampton.
That brilliant form saw Shaw earn his place back in the England squad and, after being overlooked for the opening game against Croatia at Euro 2020, he has become the starting left-back for Gareth Southgate’s side.
Shaw has registered three assists in the tournament so far, including two in the stunning Three Lions’ 4-0 win over Ukraine in the quarter-finals.
His explosiveness and new-found creativity have earned him the nickname “Shawberto Carlos” among his England teammates and fans.
But the man he’s been named after, the famous Brazilian World Cup winner Carlos, believes Shaw is good enough to make a name for himself going forward.
Speaking to PA Sport, the former World Cup winner said; “You can see he’s very motivated, his performance against Ukraine was very good. He’s been improving each game. I think he’s got everything to get to the top. He’s the left-back for England — that in itself says a lot.”
Carlos was known for his brilliant speed and ferocious left-foot, making a name for himself in the famous yellow of Brazil and white of Real Madrid over an illustrious career. When asked about comparisons between himself and the 25-year-old, Carlos added: “I don’t like comparing.
“It’s two completely different periods in football. I had my time and now he’s having his.
“Similarities I think could be that he has strength and the desire to win, just like I did.”
The Real Madrid legend will find himself at Old Trafford in the coming months as part of the line-up for Soccer Aid which takes place at the Etihad Stadium in September.