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Cristiano Ronaldo sets the standard for Diogo Jota

Tue 15 June 2021 | 14:11

Diogo Jota admits that he is inspired by a former Manchester United star to build his career.

Jota has told 

FourFourTwo

: "

Cristiano was my idol – I saw him playing at the highest level at Manchester United, winning the Ballon d’Or and other awards

.

"

Being Portuguese, I’ve always looked up to him as an example to

follow. 

"When I made my international debut against Lithuania in November 2019, I came on as a substitute for him, which made the moment more special for me. I can only be grateful to have the opportunity to share a dressing room with him."

Despite having the chance to play with one of the greatest players in the history of football in the national team, Jota also works at Liverpool under one of the best coaches in the world, Jürgen Klopp.

"

He’s exactly the manager that he appears to be – very communicative, and he enjoys being close to the players,

" Jota said of Klopp.

"He will send you a text out of nowhere when you’re relaxing on the sofa at home. It’s the sort of thing that had never happened to me, and that surprised me in the most positive way. It’s just one of his great assets.

"Before signing the papers, I had a video call with him. I don’t think he was expecting to convince me, because I was already convinced. 

"He’s a coach who I admire and had been following for a long time, so this was a unique opportunity in my career and I couldn’t afford to lose it. 

"We usually say that we don’t have to think twice. In this case, I didn’t think once – it was a no-brainer.

"I was very well received by everyone at the club, which certainly helped me. 

"I’m close to the Brazilians, especially Fabinho because of the language, but I also have a good relationship with Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson. 

"Liverpool play offensive football, which gives me more chances to score. It’s up to me to take advantage of that."

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