SA starlet opens up on CR7 influence

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South Africa youth international forward Liam Jordan, once on the books of Sporting Lisbon, admits Cristiano Ronaldo was a massive influence on his unique style of play.

At the tender age of 21, the Bidvest Wits academy graduate has already played football on three different continents and now finds himself in Denmark with NordicBet Liga side HB Koge.

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Having left Sporting in 2018 after two years in the club's reserve team, Jordan, who was described as a player with similar characteristics as Ronaldo has become a regular fixture in the Koge starting line-up.

Speaking to KickOff.com, the forward named as one of the 50 best talents in the world by The Guardian in 2015 concedes growing up watching five-time Ballon d'Or winner made him want to replicate his style.

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"As I grew up, I loved watching Ronaldo at [Manchester] United. He was the first player I really watched," Jordan explains.

"He was exciting, powerful, dynamic and a fantastic forward. I had the same abilities as him when I was younger.

"I was fast, I was stronger than most of the kids my age. I could shoot differently and I loved the way he hit the ball.

"I just wanted to be different and I knew Ronaldo was setting trends at that time at United and I was able to train and gain the ability to do the same."

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Although the 34-year-old Juventus superstar was his television idol, the former Bidvest Wits academy product added that his late father, PSL legend, Keryn Jordan, was his football pillar.

"My inspiration was always my father simply because he was a reference close to home," Jordan conceded.

"When I was seven/eight years old, we'd go out every week and just shoot with both feet, dribble, touch and turning with the ball and through this.

"He trained confidence in me and he moulded me into a well-rounded rounded football player and a person."

Jordan has scored 11 goals and registered 12 assists in 64 games for Koge across all competitions since moving to the club two years ago.

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