Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players to ever play the game of football and he is also a global brand. His winning mentality, perseverance, and adaptability have enabled him to stay relevant in the game for decades.
These factors have also seen him inspire the next generation of stars who would take football by storm in years to come. Those players look up to Cristiano Ronaldo as an idol and a player worthy of emulating and if any of them can enjoy a career half as great as that of the Portuguese superstar, they would be contented.
Without further ado, below are five players who idolize Cristiano Ronaldo:
- Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is a great admirer of Cristiano Ronaldo and he got the chance to play against his idol for the first time when Portugal played against France in Euro 2020.
The France international has won the FIFA World Cup already in his career and he is a player who has the potential to equal or even surpass some of Cristiano Ronaldo’s achievements.
- Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland may be playing for the ‘wrong side of Manchester’ but his idol still remains Cristiano Ronaldo. The Norwegian striker recently completed his transfer to Manchester City and he would be playing against his idol next season if the Portuguese superstar is unable to leave Manchester United.
- Gabriel Martinelli
Gabriel Martinelli plies his trade with Arsenal and he is a Brazilian but his idol is Manchester United’s superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, whom the Brazilian winger played against a couple of times last season.
Gabriel Martinelli was able to see the goal-scoring prowess of Cristiano Ronaldo first-hand as the Manchester United star scored three goals across two games against Arsenal last season.
- Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho got the privilege of playing alongside his idol last season and both players combined well for a couple of goals.
The English international would be hoping to play with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United for at least one more season amidst speculations linking the five-time Ballon d’Or award winner with a transfer away from Old Trafford.
- Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka is another Arsenal star who Idolizes Cristiano Ronaldo. The English international, who is of Nigerian descent, also played against his idol last season and the Arsenal academy graduate would be hoping to have a career as great as that of his idol.