Marcus Rashford has explained to Inside United, the official Manchester United magazine, how Cristiano Ronaldo inspired him growing up at the club. The 31-year-old is now a three-time Ballon d'Or victor and has added two more Champions League winners medals to the one he picked up at Old Trafford.
Rashford was only 11 and training with United's Academy age-group teams when Ronaldo ended his six-year spell at Old Trafford to join Real Madrid in 2009.
In an interview with Inside United, Rashford has revealed his admiration for the former Man Utd No.7.
'The thing that impressed me the most was the fact he was only young when he came into the side and he wanted to be the best player in the side'.
Ronaldo has just won the European Best Player Award, his second European award and looks set to pick up his fourth Ballon d'Or award.
Scoring on his European, Premier League and global debuts all within the space of a few months confirmed what United coaches have been thinking for years, Rashford's mentality was as good as his footballing ability.
Rashford was impressed by Ronaldo's single-mindedness during his time at United and says it is an attribute he will need to have if he is to make a success of his career.
Following his remarkable breakthrough season last term, Rashford is yet to start a game under Jose Mourinho.