Manchester United striker Anthony Martial on Tuesday revealed that watching former Man Utd star Cristiano Ronaldo had him dreaming about following in the footstep of Portugal great.
Cristiano Ronaldo joined United in 2003 when he just 18 years old and left the Red Devils six years later for La Liga giants Real Madrid. CR7 won his first Ballon d’Or (2008) with United after inspiring the team to Champions League glory.
Speaking about Cristiano Ronaldo’s influence, Anthony Martial said CR7 inspired him to become a pro.
“It was Cristiano Ronaldo,” Martial was quoted saying by manutd.com when asked who his favourite United great is. “He was incredible. He is incredible.”
“I only admired players who dribbled the ball and he did just that. He would put on a real show. To tell you the truth, he got me dreaming that one day it could be me” Anthony Martial further said.
United’s current number 11 also revealed he was inspired by Brazilian World Cup winners Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.
“My two big heroes were both Brazilian: Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, because they had magic in their feet,” Anthony Martial said. “Just about every player from my age group back then would probably tell you the same thing.”
The 22-year-old United striker was also a big fan of two of France’s revered 1998 World Cup winners.
“Then, for my French heroes, I had Thierry Henry, of course, and then Zinedine Zidane, Zizou,” Martial said, before adding, “They were the best. I admired strikers, number 10s.”
Martial, who is United’s top scorer this season with seven goals, also had some kind words for teammate Juan Mata.
“If I was a kid of 14 today, who would I admire? Current players, today? For me, I think it would have to be Juan Mata,” Martial said. “He is class personified.”