Manchester United’s latest signing Jadon Sancho has revealed in a recent interview that Cristiano Ronaldo was the Red Devils icon whom he idolized and who influenced his playing style the most. In the same interview, he also said that the FIFA Street video game also influenced him as a kid.
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The English winger recently completed his move from Dutch club Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United at a whopping transfer fee of £73 million. The move, as he says, is him following the footsteps of his idol Cristiano Ronaldo. Jadon Sancho had earlier mentioned that he was earlier a Chelsea fan and loved Frank Lampard. He has identified Frank Lampard, Ronaldinho and Cristiano Ronaldo as the players he looked up to the most.
Jadon Sancho’s Childhood idols
“Ronaldinho and obviously Wayne Rooney for England – those two are very iconic and great role models,” he started.
“I feel like everyone’s different and I feel like I’ve got different attributes to all the other players, but obviously Cristiano Ronaldo and what he’s done in his career is a fantastic thing.”
“Where he started at Sporting and then he came to Manchester so it’s always good to see that all these iconic players have come through an iconic club.”
How FIFA Street influenced Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho was just 12 when EA Sports released their FIFA Street video game. The Englishman revealed that he was a big fan of the game. Seeing Ronaldinho pull off crazy skills inside the game mesmerised him and he tried to replicate the same on the pitch.
He said: “To be fair when I was younger, on my estate in south London I just used to watch the older boys playing around and ever since then I just used to join in with them and started to fall in love with it, and then in school it was just always football and even after school it was just football. That’s when it got serious.
“It was definitely cage football – all of that kind of FIFA Street, so when we saw the Ronaldinho adverts of him nutmegging people that’s what we tried to do.”