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Manchester United's Anthony Martial inspired by Ronaldo and Ronaldinho

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has said that Brazil legends Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were two of his inspirations.

Martial, 20, explained other major role model was his brother Johan, a former France under-20 international who now plays for Troyes.

But the France international, who signed for United from Monaco for a fee that could rise to £57.6 million, said he was an admirer of two of Brazil's 2002 World Cup winners.

Anthony Martial has scored nine goals for Manchester United in all competitions this season.

Striker Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or twice and played for Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan while attacking midfielder Ronaldinho was a transfer target for United in 2003 before his move to the Camp Nou.

"My brother was the one who really gave me the desire to follow in his footsteps," he told MUTV.

"Also, it was really Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, the two Brazilian players, who also inspired me to a future in football.

"There was a particularly important coach for me. Willy Sagnol, the current Bordeaux manager, who was running the French U21 team at the time.

"I was at Monaco and wasn't playing in the first team then but turning out for the reserves and he picked me for the French U21s.

"It was that which allowed me to keep playing at a decent level of form and to tell myself that I could still make it as a player in the professional game."


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