Claudio Ranieri: Anthony Martial is special – he can smell a goal

Ranieri was responsible for bringing the 19-year-old to the Principality in 2013 during his time in charge of Monaco, signing him for £3.5 million from Ligue 1 rivals Lyon.


The Frenchman may have only played 114 minutes in the Premier League but his three goals in that time, against Liverpool and Southampton, sees him jump a massive 116 places in this week’s list to just outside the top 10.

Former Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri has revealed that he had scouted Anthony Martial since he was at Lyon and that the forward has the capability of “smelling a goal scoring opportunity and putting he ball into the net”.

Claudio Ranieri reckons Manchester United’s teenage sensation Anthony Martial could “smell” goals as a kid.

While he was surprised by the sum United invested, Sagnol told France Football that Martial “has everything” and represented a “superb gamble”.

I was called insane by certain people”.

“I really thought that once he started playing regularly, everything would go very quickly for him”.

He spotted the same potential that convinced Monaco to hand Lyon £4m for Martial’s services.

Last season, the former Bayern Munich full-back admitted that he would love to sign the France worldwide “now, in five years or in 10 years.”

“It’s easy to say “Oh guys, I warned you!”

Two such young stars across the continent who were playing in the game on Thursday night were Youri Tielemans of Anderlecht and Bernardo Silva of Monaco.

“They also told me some bad things about him”.


“But once you scratch the surface, he is actually mature beyond his age”.

Claudio Ranieri gushing with praise for Manchester United's Anthony Martial