Rash­ford re­veals Ron­aldo in­spi­ra­tion ahead of Brazil game

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Watch­ing Brazil­ian striker Ron­aldo score a Cham­pi­ons League hat-trick for Real Madrid against Manch­ester United 14 years ago pro­vided a last­ing in­spi­ra­tion for Mar­cus Rash­ford, the Eng­land for­ward said on Mon­day.

Speak­ing be­fore Eng­land host Brazil in a friendly at Wem­b­ley on Tues­day, Rash­ford said he was a five-year-old spec­ta­tor at Old Traf­ford when Real knocked United out 6-5 on ag­gre­gate in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Af­ter the game, he and his brother Dwaine be­gan scour­ing YouTube for clips of the Brazil­ian.

”It’s all those clips ...and my first ever game that I saw live, he was play­ing in it. I al­ways re­mem­ber it. It was in 2003 and he scored a hat-trick,“Rash­ford, who has net­ted seven times for United in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son, told Bri­tish me­dia.”

Rash­ford came in for high praise from Ron­aldo in the buildup to last year’s Euro­pean cham­pi­onships, when the Brazil­ian World Cup win­ner said the 20-year-old English­man re­minded him of his younger self.

“He was my brother’s favourite player - that’s why I’ve grown up watch­ing so much of him and his games... So when you know he’s say­ing good things about you then it re­ally stands out,” Rash­ford said.

Eng­land, who won eight of their 10 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing games and were un­beaten in Group F, held world cham­pi­ons Ger­many to a goal­less draw in a friendly on Fri­day.

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