Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo was his favorite player growing up and admitted that he takes him as an example in many areas of the game.
, who started to climb the steps on the way to world superstardom with theManchester United
jersey, won the first of five Ballon d'Or awards and as many Champions League titles, reaching the top of football both individually and as a team.
Aiming to constantly improve himself,
continues to follow the path opened by 36-year-old Ronaldo.
Fernandes has told United'sofficial website
of emulating his idol and current international teammate
: "Growing up, everyone knows Cristiano was my favorite player.
"I think it was a little bit of everything. When Cristiano began to take his first steps in the national team, it was in the Euros in our home country [Euro 2004], so I was nine years old. That year stays with everyone because we lost the final in Portugal, we saw him crying after the final, he was a young boy who was starting to shine and from there I started to watch him.
While both are attacking midfielders, with Ronaldo growing into something of an all-areas forward and one of the greatest footballers of all time, Fernandes said it wasn't the similarity in positioning that caught his eye, but Ronaldo's attitude.
"It wasn’t because he plays in my position because that wasn’t the case, but it was the way he worked every day, the mentality he had, the capacity he had to give 100 percent 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 game after game he was still trying to improve, get better.
"My mentality comes a little bit from understanding what sort of player you want to be. Do you want to be that player who has a good season, and maybe goes up and down, 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, 100 percent – but the point is, coming back from a bad game.
"Coming back with the mentality that is, 'okay 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. I’m improving a lot because of this, and that was my biggest motivation."