Bruno Fernandes has opened up on how Cristiano Ronaldo has helped influence his career at Manchester United. Fernandes followed in Ronaldo’s footsteps by making the switch from Sporting Lisbon to Old Trafford back in January.
And the 26-year-old has established himself as a star man in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield already.
In just 33 games, Fernandes has already scored 28 goals as well as providing 13 assists.
His impact at United has been likened to Ronaldo, who became an icon at Old Trafford after his six seasons at the club.
Fernandes is now aiming to emulate his childhood hero at United having first watched Ronaldo as he burst onto the scene at United.
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Ronaldo shot to stardom from a young age due to his high work ethic and exceptional talent.
Fernandes has been praised for having a similar mentality throughout his time at United.
And the attacking midfielder admits that watching Ronaldo’s progress from a young age helped shape his career.
“When Cristiano began to take his first steps in the national team, it was in the Euros (2004) in our home country (Portugal), so I was nine years old,” he said on the UTD Podcast.
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“That year stays with everyone because we lost the final and we saw him crying afterwards.
“He was a young boy who was starting to shine and from there I started to watch him.
“It was the way he worked every day, the mentality he had, the capacity he had to give 100 per cent 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 he was still trying to improve.
“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 then goes 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 but the point is [how you] come back from a bad game.
“The mentality is ‘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.”
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