- Anthony Martial has officially joined Spanish La Liga side Sevilla on loan as he seeks first-team football
- The Frenchman had earlier disclosed that Brazilian legend Ronaldo de Lima was his idol during childhood, alongside Ronaldinho
- Upon unveiling at Sevilla, the embattled Manchester United striker was stunned to have received a message from ‘Il Fenomeno’
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has completed a loan move to Spanish La Liga side Sevilla and received a warm message from Brazilian legend Ronaldo de Lima, Mirror reports.
The Frenchman was given a 5-star reception at the club’s unveiling as he will be looking forward to ending the season with silverware.
Martial completed his medical in Andalusia after Manchester United and Sevilla agreed terms for his loan deal.
The La Liga side rolled out the red carpet for the 26-year-old who has made it clear that he desired first-team action.
Following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, Martial fell down the pecking order at Old Trafford which prompted him to want out.
Interim Man Utd manager Ralf Rangnick had remained adamant that a deal would only be sanctioned if the Spaniards accepted they would pay the entirety of his wages.
Martial names Ronaldo de Lima as idol
But there was a huge surprise for Martial during his unveiling as he earlier stated that ‘Il Fenomeno’ was Martial’s idol while growing up alongside Ronaldinho.
"My two big heroes were both Brazilian: Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, because they had magic in their feet!" he told United's official website in 2018.
"Just about every player from my age group back then would probably tell you the same thing."
The player was surprised and managed to hold back tears by a message from his hero during the unveiling. Ronaldo said:
“Hi Martial, how are you? Welcome to La Liga and Sevilla! This is a big club in Spain and a big club in Europe.
“They have incredible fans and play in a fantastic city. So I wish you all the best, and hopefully I’ll see you soon. Big hug, best of luck.”
Sports Brief earlier reported that Marcus Rashford has sent Anthony Martial a message of goodwill after the Frenchman completed a stunning loan switch to Sevilla.
It was confirmed on Tuesday evening, January 25, that Martial had sealed a move to the La Liga side where he will spend the rest of the 2021-22 campaign.
His most recent appearance in a United shirt was at the weekend when he came off the bench to feature in his side's 1-0 hard-fought win over West Ham.