A real pearl of European football could arrive at the Santiago Bernabéu in the summer to further reinforce Real Madrid’s star-studded squad. André Silva, a member of Jorge Mendes’ stable of players, is a 21-year-old forward who learned his trade in Porto’s youth ranks. Promoted to the first team squad by Spain coach Julen Lopetegui during his tenure at the Estádio do Dragão and then confirmed as a starter under Lopetegui’s successor, José Peseiro, Silva has now become undroppable under Nuno Espírito Santo.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos has also placed his faith in Silva as the natural goal-scorer the European Champions have long lacked. Silva’s response could not have been more convincing. In his third appearance for A Seleção he found the net against Andorra and in his next, against the Faroe Islands, he bagged a first international hat-trick in just 25 minutes, the fastest-ever in the history of the Portugal national side. Silva also joined Cristiano Ronaldo as one of only two players to have hit a hat-trick for Portugal in the past decade.
Both Ronaldo and Silva are set to play together over the next few years. Already teammates for Portugal, the same is likely to happen at Real Madrid. Silva looks up to Ronaldo as an example to emulate both in his scoring feats and in his physical preparation, which Silva takes similar care over as a young professional and family man who is determined to realize his potential in what could be a spectacular career.