World renowned footballer Ronaldo has taken a fancy at the young and rising Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford reminds him of his heydays.
In his words: ‘Marcus Rashford reminds me of myself’.
Photo: Ronaldo sees himself in Man United star Marcus Rashford (Picture: Getty Images)
The Brazilian legend commented on the rise of the 18-year-old and claimed the forward reminds him of himself in his playing days.
Marcus Rashford has had the dream debut season since his Manchester United breakthrough last year but things have just got even better for the youngster.
‘He’s a very good young player.
“I see some of myself in him for sure.
“He has courage and he’s fast and is very good with the ball,’ Ronaldo told SunSport.
‘I think for the strikers they have to be hungry to score and I see that with him. He has an amazing future.’
Rashford has seven goals in his first 15 appearances for the Red Devils so it’s not surprising that praise is coming from all quarters.
But even he couldn’t have predicted this.
Some wonder, though, if Rashford is old enough to actually remember the former Real Madrid and Barcelona great.
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, born 18 September 1976, commonly known as Ronaldo, is a retired Brazilian footballer.
Popularly dubbed “the phenomenon”, he is considered by experts and fans to be one of the greatest football players of all time.
He is three-time FIFA World Player of the Year and two-time Ballon d’Or recipient.
He was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest living players compiled in 2004.
He was inducted into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame and the Italian Football Hall of Fame.
Ronaldo played for Brazil in 98 matches, scoring 62 goals, and is the second-highest goal scorer for his national team.
Aged 17, he was a part of the Brazilian squad that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
At the 1998 World Cup, he received the Golden Ball for player of the tournament in helping Brazil reach the final.
However, he suffered a convulsive fit hours before the defeat to France.
He won a second World Cup in 2002 where he scored twice in the final, and received the Golden Boot as top goal scorer.
During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo scored his 15th World Cup goal, which was a World Cup record at the time.