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De Ligt doesn’t want to ‘copy’ Ronaldo in quest for success

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The 21-year-old has an abundance of learning options with a host of experienced players around him but wants to forge out his own path.

Matthijs de Ligt doesn’t want to “copy” Cristiano Ronaldo or other Juventus superstars in his quest for success.

De Ligt, however, does take pointers from the seasoned players around him and looks to them for inspiration.

Considered one of the brightest prospects in world football, the Dutchman became the first defender to win the Golden Boy award for his exploits with Ajax in 2017-2018.

Despite still being in the early stages of his career, the center-back has taken in almost 200 appearances at club level and is a regular presence in Andrea Pirlo’s line-up.

“I’m where I want to be and where I can learn as much as possible,” De Ligt told in an interview for The Telegraph.

“There are experienced guys – [Giorgio] Chiellini, [Leonardo] Bonucci – but also a goalkeeper like Buffon and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“We all have our different characteristics and I do not try and copy them but I look at Ronaldo and see what he does, how he stays fit all the time.

“I ask for tips, for advice. What I have also learnt is that I need to do things that are good for me. In the end you find your own rhythm.”