Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that he will go down in football history whether people like it or not.
Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash between his team and Manchester City, the former Manchester United man revealed to uefa.com that as a kid at Sporting Lisbon, he never looked up to a senior player or wanted to emulate anyone.
He also claims he always felt he was a special player, even from his humble beginnings.
Ron said: “To be honest, I never looked at any player and wanted to be like them; some great players who have passed through Sporting but I was always thinking further ahead.
“I was already thinking about the national team. I felt that playing for a big club was difficult but I was going to be able to do it, but playing for the national team is always more difficult. And then things happened very quickly.
“I signed for Manchester United, and after some time I was in the national team. My big reference points were Fernando Couto, Rui Costa and Luís Figo, because they were the biggest names in Portuguese football.
“I always felt that I was a special player, ever since I was starting out at Sporting. I felt that sooner or later I would be a top-level professional.
“I never thought it would come so fast, but I was preparing myself because, like I said, the talent was there. I’ve always worked hard, believed in my potential – in the academy at Sporting, at Manchester United and at Real Madrid as well – and I’ve developed more and more as a player, as a person, as a human being. I’ve enjoyed my work.”
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He added: “I don’t doubt that I will go down in footballing history. Whether people like it or not, the numbers speak for themselves.
“I will be up there with the rest. Some like it more, some like it less, but I have no doubt that I’m already in the history of football.”