Patrik Schick says Cristiano Ronaldo is his idol

Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to add to his 117 international goals when Portugal take on Czech Republic this weekend.

The match will see the two joint top scorers from Euro 2020 lead the line with Patrik Schick leading the line for the Czechs in the UEFA Nations League clash.

Schick has been speaking ahead of the game to a press conference, and has been talking up Ronaldo, a player he cites as his idol from a young age.

The 26-year-old says he watched Ronaldo way back at Euro 2004, and played down comparisons with the Manchester United ace.

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Patrik Schick says Cristiano Ronaldo is his idol

Schick was quoted by Mais Futebol, commenting: “Ronaldo was definitely an idol for me. I started following him at Euro 2004, when he was about 19 years old. It was the first time I saw him. I wanted to have his boots, that’s where it started.”

He also said he fears Ronaldo will be especially motivated to perform well for Portugal due to his recent lack of chances at Manchester United.

Schick said: “I don’t know if there is any competition between us, we have a big age difference. Ronaldo hasn’t played much at Manchester United either. 

“I think he will play with great motivation to prove to everyone what kind of player and finisher he is.”

Schick scored 24 goals in 27 Bundesliga games last season for Bayer Leverkusen. This was the same tally Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Manchester United.

His performances saw him touted as a potential Ronaldo replacement with BBC Sport reporting in January that the striker could feature on United’s summer shortlist.

Striker turned out not to be a priority for United in the recent transfer window, and this is likely to change next summer.

This season Schick has not been quite as prolific just yet, with three goals in 10 games for his club. That’s two more than Ronaldo, who has just one for Manchester United so far.

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