The Real Madrid super star says that he generally tried to be similar to the Portugal internationals of his childhood however has no specific icon more prominent than himself as he pushes to be the best.
Genuine Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has uncovered his essential wellspring of motivation in his journey to be the best player on the planet… himself! The 30-year-old has won the Ballon d’Or three times yet says that he never expected to model himself on a specific symbol growing up, past his determined craving to play for the Portugal national group.
“Most of the time, I inspired myself,” Ronaldo told Unscriptd. “I’m self-motivated.
“But of course, at that age, I was looking at a big reference in the national team – for example, [Luis] Figo, Rui Costa, Fernando Couto. It was kind of a dream to reach that level.
“The national team, I’d look at them and I’d speak for myself: I want to be a professional player and I want to play for the national team. But I don’t have one specific person that I just follow.”
He continued: “As I said before, I’m self-motivated. I’m always like that since the beginning when I was young, [up until] now.
“Of course, I appreciate other players, talented players, great players – not just in football but in other sports because people enjoy to see, in different specific sports, the best ones.
“You should be able to understand that you don’t know everything so the other guy can help you in this kind of way so I just pick the best things off other sports.”