"He is the best in the world".
That promises a daunting task in a match both teams want to win in a wide-open Group B where Morocco are on zero points after losing their first game 1-0 to Iran and Portugal want to follow up on their good showing against Spain with full three points. "We have to be very focused and intense in our play and, if we play like we can do, we will win". When you need me to do something, I'm always there when I need it, too.
"I hope he and our team are ready", he added.
Questioned about his chances of being picked, Silva said: "I do not know how to respond, this is the job of the mister [coach], he knows who plays". "I share some responsibility in talking about the choices I've made".
Morocco will have had to recover quickly from their painful loss against Iran as they prepare to face Portugal and superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
"We can not underestimate them and must have respect for any opponent. We lost a battle, but not the war". Given Andre Silva's partnership with the five-time Ballon d'Or victor, both players, and not just Ronaldo, will be crucial to how Portugal fare in Russian Federation.
Portugal simply have too much firepower in attack for Morocco to keep them out for 90 minutes, so if the African side are to remain in the 2018 World Cup finals, they will have to find the net.
He may have lifted the Henri Delaunay Trophy in Paris two years ago, but after suffering a knee injury early in the final, the extraordinarily driven attacker will be determined to finally make his mark on the World Cup. Iran gave up only three goals, two in the last match after it had already qualified for the World Cup.
The five-time Ballon d'Or victor lit up the World Cup with his first outing at Russian Federation 2018, with a stunning hat-trick netted in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain.
Aside from rubbing salt in the wounds of their Iberian rivals following the sacking of Spain coach Julen Lopetegui, Ronaldo's late equaliser puts Portugal in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stage if they beat Morocco, in just the second meeting between the two nations. "The first game was a good sign for us".