Bruno: Cristiano was my favourite

English Premier League

Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes says he takes a lot of inspiration from Cristiano Ronaldo's career.

Like Ronaldo, Fernandes left Sporting Lisbon to join the Red Devils and has quickly become a fan favourite among the supporters.

Fernandes ended the 2020/2021 campaign with 18 goals in the Premier League but still faced some criticism for his big-game performances.

Ronaldo also faced criticism early in his United career,  but Fernandes points out his countryman's desire to improve even after a bad game.

"Growing up, everyone knows Cristiano was my favourite player," Fernandes told United's official website.

"I think it was a little bit of everything. When Cristiano began to take his first steps in the national team, it was in the Euros in our home country [Euro 2004], so I was nine years old. That year stays with everyone because we lost the final in Portugal, we saw him crying after the final, he was a young boy who was starting to shine and from there I started to watch him.

"It wasn’t because he plays in my position because that wasn’t the case, but 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 game after game he was still trying to improve, get better.

"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 goes up and down, 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, 100 per cent – but the point is, coming back from a bad game.

"Coming back with the mentality that is, 'okay 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. I’m improving a lot because of this, and that was my biggest motivation."

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