Cristiano Ronaldo may be nearing the end of his illustrious career, but his appeal and stardom continue to shine among fans and fellow footballers alike. The 37-year-old former Manchester United star is currently embarking on a new adventure in the Middle East with Al-Nassr, but he is still adored by many football stars in Europe.
Apart from his undeniable football skill set, Ronaldo’s charisma, peerless work ethic, sheer determination, and glamorous off-the-pitch lifestyle inspire many football stars to aspire to the heights attained by the Portuguese superstar.
Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid was among the stars Ronaldo inspired during his nine-trophy-laden years at the club. When Ronaldo recently took time out of his training schedule to spend time with his former club, the feedback was resounding. Vinicius Junior even described Ronaldo as the greatest footballer of all time, underlining his unfettered love for the Portuguese.
Another Real Madrid star, Rodrygo, was visibly star-struck when Ronaldo paid a visit during Real Madrid training in Saudi Arabia. The Brazilian forward hailed Ronaldo as his ‘biggest idol.’
It is safe to say that Ronaldo has had the biggest impact on footballers coming from Portugal, and it is no secret that Joao Felix adores the veteran striker. The one-time Benfica darling was once touted as the next Ronaldo, and it is unsurprising that he has a soft spot for a true Portuguese legend.
Despite coming from Argentina and playing for Manchester United, Alejandro Garnacho is also a big admirer of Ronaldo. The 18-year-old took to social media to voice his emotions after sharing the pitch with Ronaldo for the first time, despite Ronaldo being seen as a divisive figure by some at the club.
Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal is having an outstanding campaign this term, and his admiration for Ronaldo’s style of play has played a part in his success. The fast-rising forward has been devastating on the flanks in the Gunners’ title charge.