Marcus Rashford finally responds to ‘idol’ Cristiano Ronaldo’s United departure
While England's qualification for the knockout stages was his main focus, he did end up addressing the United-Ronaldo saga.
Marcus Rashford has finally responded to the news of former teammate and role model Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United during Sunday’s England press conference.
The 25-year-old was speaking at the Three Lions’ World Cup pre-match presser ahead of their final group game against Wales on Tuesday, but media personnel couldn’t help but ask him about the saga.
Rashford has made no secret of his admiration for the club legend over the years – even modelling his knuckleball free-kick technique after him – and while Ronaldo‘s legacy might no longer be what it once was, he had only positive things to say about playing alongside the sporting icon.
The Man United number ten was just 12 years old and playing in the academy set-up when the Portuguese star first left the club back in 2009.
“It has been an unbelievable experience to play with him”, Rashford told reporters in Qatar, adding: “He is one of my idols and someone I always looked up to. It’s something I can keep with me forever.”
He went on to wish the all-time leading club and international goalscorer the best for his future and thank him “for the things he’s done for Manchester United.”
Like most fans, Rashford will no doubt be conflicted over the way Ronaldo ended up leaving the club but, as a peer, cannot easily forget what he achieved at the club and throughout his career as a whole.
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The Wythenshawe native is one of few players to have addressed the stormy situation at Old Trafford in recent weeks, with fellow club and countrymen Bruno Fernandes insisting that doesn’t need to “take a side”.
On the other hand, many fans noticed that both Bruno and Diogo Dalot gave CR7 somewhat of a blanking on his arrival at Portugal’s national camp before the start of the tournament.
You can hear Rashford on Ronaldo’s exit in full and his thoughts ahead of England vs Wales in the latest pre-match press conference below:
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