Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tony Reveals Hero Ronaldo Inspired Him to Become a Footballer

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tony Reveals Hero Ronaldo Inspired Him to Become a Footballer

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UNITED forward Anthony Martial has revealed watching Cristiano Ronaldo growing up had him dreaming about following in the Juventus star's footsteps.

Ronaldo joined United in 2003 when Martial was seven, and left six years later having won the 2008 Ballon d'Or after inspiring the Reds to Champions League glory.

And United's current No.11 has said he was inspired to become a professional after watching Ronaldo shine at Old Trafford.

"It was Cristiano Ronaldo," Martial told 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."

Martial also revealed he was inspired by Brazilian World Cup winners Ronaldinho and Ronaldo when he was growing up. …

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