Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk has revealed that he is trying to model his game on Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Ukrainian international, who is rated at €50m (£45m), is believed to be a transfer target for Arsenal and Liverpool, but he admits that Ronaldo is the player he looks up to:
“My inspiration is Cristiano Ronaldo because of what you can do if you work hard and believe in yourself. I like the way Cristiano plays. I see myself like that – a winger. But I need more time to change my position from 11 or 7 to 9. With time it is possible.”
Mudryk could do a lot worse than learn from Ronaldo‘s example. The Portuguese legend’s relentless pursuit of excellence has led him to become one of the best forwards in the history of the game.
While Mudryk may never hit those sort of heights, he is certainly making a name for himself at Shakhtar, with some in the media having already described him as the “Ukrainian Neymar”.
The 21-year-old is very much still at the beginning of his journey but it will be interesting to see how his career develops and whether he ends up playing for a team in the Premier League.