Nani aims to be world's best
Manchester United's Nani has re-iterated his desire to become the best player in the world.
Last Updated: 23/09/11 9:23am
Manchester United star Nani hopes to take a step towards becoming the "best player in the world" this season by having his best year at Old Trafford.
Nani felt he moved his game onto another level last term as, due to Antonio Valencia's absence with an ankle injury, the Portuguese switched onto his preferred right wing, ending the season with more Premier League assists than anyone else.
"Last year was my best year, definitely my most consistent season," the Portugal wide-man told Inside United. Now I hope this is my year. I will do my best.
"If I am fit for every game, I am 100 per cent sure I will do my best and will do well for my team.
"This is a big chance to show I can do much more; that I'm a good player with a very strong mentality."
Nani has started in blistering form, scoring twice in the Community Shield and then bagging his first league goal of the campaign in the 8-2 annihilation of Arsenal, before firing in an excellent first-half effort in last weekend's victory over Chelsea.
Nani will hope to maintain that form against Stoke on Saturday, aided by the arrival of Ashley Young, whose preference for playing on the left has again released the 24-year-old onto the opposite flank.
It is only a couple of years ago that Nani appeared to have no future at United.
Certainly any claim of wanting to be the world's best would have been greeted with laughter.
Now, although he is still adrift of Lionel Messi and former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, it is not quite so far-fetched.
"That's one dream I've got: to be the best in the world," he said. "But I don't let it frustrate me. I have other priorities like winning trophies with the team.
"Hopefully, when I have finished playing football, people will say 'Nani was a fantastic player who won a lot of titles and beat records at the club'.
"I know I have the condition to be among the select best players in the world but I have to work hard and show that."