Bruno Fernandes has opened up on the impact Cristiano Ronaldo is still having on him at Manchester United.
The Portuguese playmaker joined the Old Trafford side in January from Sporting Lisbon and has contributed to 26 goals and 17 assists in 45 appearances in his one year at the club.
These are the sorts of numbers Cristiano Ronaldo was posting during his time in Manchester, if not better. Of course, Ronaldo went on to dominate Europe with Real Madrid and Juventus, collecting a total of five Ballon d'Or awards.
Fernandes claims his countryman's dedication to the sport and motivation to succeed has helped him at United.
“In everything in life, you have to improve and understand you’re not the worst and you are not the best," Fernandes told ManUtd.com.
“There is always time to improve. It’s impossible to be the worst because you have time to improve, and it’s impossible to be the best because you always have time to improve.
“If you see Cristiano and Messi, they are improving all seasons. How is this possible? Everyone says it’s impossible to do better but, every season, they do better and better and better.
"It is 11 years fighting for a Ballon d’Or and this will never happen again. It will never happen again in the story of football because they are still improving and I have the chance to be with Cristiano in the national team.
“I see the way he wants to improve every time, in free-kicks, in shots, in headers, in penalties and you want everything. You want to improve every time.
"When you lose, he knows he has to improve more and when you win, he understands he needs to go to the details of the good [work] to improve a little bit more.”
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