Cristiano Ronaldo will undoubtedly go down in history as one of football’s greatest players ever, but legends aren't made overnight. The world's best were all once amateurs, starting with a kickaround in a backyard. So who did Ronaldo learn from? Who inspired him?
The Portuguese star is known to be one of the hardest-working footballers in the world, proving that, even with his talent, he couldn't afford to slouch around.
Growing up, Ronaldo would've drawn inspiration from some of the world’s bigger names, and in his early playing days, there were three stars whose influence would have left a lasting impact on the Portuguese attacker.
Ryan Giggs – Manchester United
When Ronaldo joined the Red Devils in 2003, Giggs was the player who ran the show. A winger like the Welshman, the Portuguese star spent six years at Old Trafford, and would’ve seen what it takes to be one of the best wide men in the game.
Raul Gonzalez – Real Madrid
Although Ronaldo and Raul played just one season together at Real in the 2009/10 campaign, he would've taken note of the impact the Spanish forward made at Los Blancos.
Luis Figo – Portugal
Making his debut for his national team in 2003, Ronaldo had the privilege of playing with Figo for three years, including at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and will have taken a lot of lessons from the Portuguese legend.
Which star do you think influenced Ronaldo the most?