The Portugal legend was already inspiring a new generation of stars from a young age in his tireless pursuit of glory. Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has revealed how Cristiano Ronaldo’s work ethic and desire to always be the best helped shape his own career.
Fernandes has so far followed a similar path to Cristiano in donning Sporting CP and Manchester United jersey. But that’s not all, as the 26-year old star has frequently hailed his idol since moving to Old Trafford in January.
The midfielder has labelled his Portugal compatriot as the most talented player he has ever seen, revealed how he makes any team stronger, says it’s easier to win with his national team captain, and so much more.
However, this time the Portugal ace has offered a fresh insight into his childhood hero by revealing how Cristiano Ronaldo impressive rise from a young age inspired him as a boy.
“When Cristiano began to take his first steps in the national team, it was in the Euros (2004) in our home country (Portugal), so I was nine years old,” Bruno Fernandes told the UTD Podcast.
“That year stays with everyone because we lost the final and we saw him crying afterward.”
“He was a young boy who was starting to shine, and from there I started to watch him.”
“It was the way he worked every day, the mentality he had, the capacity he had to give 100 per cent in every game at a high level.”
“For me, it was like a motivation, like you always have to do better. He was scoring goals every game, but he was still trying to improve,” said Bruno.
“My mentality comes a little bit from understanding what sort of player you want to be,” he continued.
“Do you want to be that player who has a good season, and maybe then goes up and down, or do you want to be the player who always wants to be at the top?”
“Okay, you will have bad games for sure, everyone has. Cristiano has had bad games but the point is [how you] come back from a bad game.”
“The mentality is ‘I didn’t play well in that last game and I really need to do well in this one.’ The mentality to do better day after day is really important for me,” he added.
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