Brilliance inspires brilliance, and in the game of football, the role of superstars is particularly important in ensuring that the next generation apes their feats, if not excel them altogether.
The classic legends of Pele, Ronaldinho, and Maradona were the inspiration of the present greats like Messi and Ronaldo. However, it goes without saying that these giants of today have definitely set the stage for tomorrow’s spectacular talents.
Now, one Manchester United starlet reveals that the latter may have occurred already. In an interview with Manchester United’s website, Anthony Martial was quizzed on who was his favourite Red Devil was growing up, to which this season’s top goalscorer revealed: “It was Cristiano Ronaldo.
“He was incredible. He is incredible. I only admired players who dribbled the ball and he did just that. He would put on a real show. To tell you the truth, he got me dreaming that one day it could be me.”
When he was further probed regarding his all-time greats, Martial responded: “My two big heroes were both Brazilian: Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, because they had magic in their feet! Just about every player from my age group back then would probably tell you the same thing.”
Regarding who he admired closer to home, the player’s answer is almost predictable: “Then, for my French heroes, I had Thierry Henry, of course, and then Zinedine Zidane, Zizou. They were the best. I admired strikers, number 10s.”
It is certain that Martial has taken upon himself to ape the brilliance of these models of his. Already, he placed himself on par with Cristiano Ronaldo with this season’s record of scoring in 6 consecutive Premier League games, a number that was stopped from progressing during the 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.
Wearing Ryan Giggs’ iconic no.11 jersey, there’s absolutely no reason why Martial shouldn’t go on to achieve even greater things with his club.