Marcus Rashford reveals how watching Ronaldo on YouTube transformed his game
Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has lifted the lid on his admiration for Brazil icon Ronaldo as a youngster.
Rashford is desperate for a start as England host Brazil on Tuesday evening and the 20-year-old forward will be eager to impress his childhood hero at Wembley.
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The Red Devils attacker has been compared to Ronaldo following his meteoric rise at Old Trafford and he has claimed that watching YouTube clips of the striker helped transform his game.
Rashford was in the stands as a five-year-old at Old Trafford as Ronaldo wrecked United’s Champions League hopes with a stunning hat-trick back in 2003.
Asked about the match, Rashford told The Independent: ‘It was my first ever game that I saw live. I will always remember it.
‘I used to watch a lot of him growing up. All of his games.
‘And I’ve seen a few bits from him from quite a while back, all the clips on YouTube.’
The ex-Real Madrid and Barcelona superstar praised Rashford in the summer and the Englishman was blown away.
He said: ‘He was obviously a top player who won a lot of things in his career.
‘So when you know he’s saying good things about you then it really stands out.’
Rashford ‘naturally’ picked up tips from watching clips of the Brazilian on YouTube.
‘I think you [learn] naturally. When you’re young you watch clips of the best players in the world and try and emulate them, so it just tends to happen naturally,’ Rashford said.
‘He always played free. No matter where he was playing, he played free and went out there and expressed himself.
‘When you do that, that’s when you play your best football.’
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