Gazing at Brazilian striker Ronaldo scoring a Champions League hat-trick for Real Madrid against Manchester United 14 years ago provided a lasting incitement for Marcus Rashford, the England forward said on Monday.
Speaking before England host Brazil in a gracious 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 build-up to last year’s European championships, when the Brazilian World Cup winner said the 20-year-old Englishman reminded him of his younger self.
Rashford concluded, “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.”
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