A number of younger generation players had Cristiano Ronaldo as their childhood footballing hero, and Timo Werner is one of them.
Cristiano Ronaldo recently went head to head against one of his most vocal and popular admirers, Kylian Mbappe.
In what was viewed as a ‘passing of the torch’ moment by the fans, Ronaldo and Mbappe shared a special moment as they conversed for a short while before a playful exchange was witnessed between them.
The Paris Saint-Germain star later labeled the Juventus superstar as his ‘idol’ via a social media post – an action that further manifested the 21-year old’s immense admiration for the 35-year old.
Mbappe is just one of a huge number of players – including Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix, and Erling Haaland – who view the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as a source of inspiration and hope to follow in his footsteps.
Chelsea forward Timo Werner has also been identified as one of those players, with him confessing his admiration for Ronaldo in an interview with club sponsor Three.
“For me, it is a little bit of a dream come true to come and play now in the biggest league in the whole world,” Werner said, via Metro.
“Of course as a child, you don’t see much of the Premier League clubs but you see the teams at the Champions League. You see the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. These were the clubs that in youth were winning a lot.
“You see maybe young Ronaldo, or here at Chelsea Didier Drogba and also Frank Lampard the manager. They have a lot of legends in the club here.”