Nani - I'm one of the best

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Nani has branded himself one of the world's top players as the row rumbles on over his goal against Spurs.

Portugal winger shows self-appreciation after controversial strike

Nani has branded himself one of the world's top players as the row rumbles on over his goal against Tottenham. Manchester United were leading Spurs through captain Nemanja Vidic's first-half header on Saturday when winger Nani poked in a second for the hosts five minutes from time. The Portugal international rolled a shot into the net after Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes had thrown the ball onto the ground believing a free-kick had been given after Nani had handled in the box. However, referee Mark Clattenburg was waving for play to continue and consequently allowed the goal to stand after consulting his assistant, much to the outrage of the visitors. The strike marked Nani's seventh of the season and fourth in four matches, and the controversy sparked by the goal has not deterred the 23-year-old from singing his own praises.

Complete

"As a player I think I'm close to being as complete as I can be," said Nani. "Now I can say I'm one of the top players in the world. "I play for the best club in the world and my role in the team is as a decisive player, scoring goals or setting up and so the team can win. "You have to believe in yourself and believe in your abilities on the pitch. Big games are for big players. "I want to be one of the best. I'm not scared to play in the big games, they are the most beautiful in football - you play with very high quality. "Beautiful football, that's what everyone likes. And that helps lift my performance too."

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