Manchester United’s latest Portuguese recruit Diogo Dalot is looking to follow in his illustrious compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps at the club
The 19-year-old defender left boyhood club FC Porto in the summer for a £19m transfer to United.
Dalot’s had a slow start to life at Old Trafford with just the two appearances to his name in the Champions League and Carabao Cup, amid knee problems.
But the setback has done little to lower Dalot’s future hopes at United, where he aims to make a similar impact to the legendary Ronaldo.
The Juventus star played at United for six years and won the first of his five Ballon d’Ors at the club before sealing a then-record move to Real Madrid in 2009 for €94m.
“Cristiano, I don’t need to describe him because you already know him,” Dalot told MUTV.
“For me, since I remember, he was the inspiration to play football and of course, if you asked me if the fact he played here was also an influence to come, then of course I say yes.
“The way he played here, the way he developed, was unbelievable. I want to make that step too, to improve and play for many, many years here.
“He is an inspiration for everyone, for every player, for every young player.
“To have a player like that in the world, we just have to enjoy it for as long as he stays with us, playing and giving us the opportunity to enjoy his football.
“It was a proud few years for Manchester to have him here and, hopefully, one day the United fans will say it was good for them to have Dalot here.”
The Portugal U-21 international also confessed that United coach Jose Mourinho was a key reason why he made the move to England.
“Jose was a big influence on me coming here,” added Dalot.
“He was very important. His history speaks for itself, the way he is coaching and the way that he has made football change.
“It is the fact that is he is Portuguese too.
“The relationship that he has with the players is very good, and it was quite impressive to me.
“He pushed me to come here and the way that he believed in me was very good. That is why I am here. He is a big reason why I came.”