Ronaldo was lighting up the Premier League at Old Trafford when Sancho was just a young boy, and United’s new signing revealed he watched the Portuguese superstar for tips on how to improve.
Sancho is set to occupy the same right-wing role that Ronaldo thrived in, though will have to wait to get his hands on the coveted No.7 shirt.
But the 21-year-old is looking to stamp his mark on the club having previously admired the likes of Ronaldo and United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.
Asked which players have had the biggest influence on him, Sancho said: “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.
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“Where he started at Sporting Lisbon and then he came to Manchester so it’s always good to see that all these iconic players have come through an iconic club.”
In quotes carried by The Sun, he added: “Ronaldinho and obviously Wayne Rooney for England – those two are very iconic and great role models.”
His response echoes that of new teammate Bruno Fernandes when he joined United, who admitted it was the chance to emulate Ronaldo at Old Trafford which drew him to the club.
“For me, ever since I was a kid, it was a dream playing for Manchester United,” Fernandes said at the time.
“United was and is one of the biggest clubs in the world. You look in the past and when I’m younger, you look at the players who play for Manchester United and you see the biggest stars in the world.
“I looked at Manchester with more interest when Cristiano was here because it’s normal when you have Portuguese players in some teams, you look at them more than other teams.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will no doubt be hoping Sancho can hit the ground running in similar fashion to Fernandes, after stumping up £73million for the winger.
That figure is just shy of the £80m United sold Ronaldo for to Real Madrid, showing how much faith they have in Sancho’s potential.
And after honing his skills in Germany for Borussia Dortmund, the England ace is keen to start collecting some silverware just like his idol.
“I can’t wait to get started and obviously want to bring trophies to where they belong. I’m eager to win and determined to get trophies,” Sancho said.
“That’s one of the reasons why I came to Manchester because I can see the development that’s going on here and I want to be a part of it.
“It’s such an iconic club and being part of it is kind of a dream come true.”
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