As Marcus Rashford prepares to face Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday, the Manchester United youngster reflects on watching one of Brazil’s greatest players playing against his boyhood club when he was younger.
Rashford watched the Brazilian Ronaldo score a hat-trick at Old Trafford at just the age of five, and the striker has admired him ever since.
Despite winning 4-3 on the day, Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick at The Theater of Dreams to send his Real Madrid team to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Rashford’s brother’s favourite player as a boy was Ronaldo, and he grew up admiring the Brazilian on YouTube. Rashford also joined his brother in admiring the Brazilian legend, and the research paid off, with Ronaldo saying that Rashford reminds him of a younger self.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Rashford said this:
I used to watch a lot of him growing up, all of his games, he was obviously a top player who won a lot of things in his career, so when you know he’s saying good things about you then it really stands out. I watched all those clips on YouTube and my first-ever game that I saw live, he was playing in it. It was at Old Trafford and I always remember it. It was in 2003. He scored a hat-trick. I was only young though. I was five. He was my brother’s favourite player, that’s why I’ve grown up watching so much of him and his games.