Liverpool Star Admits He Finds Inspiration in Cristiano Ronaldo's Playbook

Liverpool Star Admits He Finds Inspiration in Cristiano Ronaldo's Playbook

Isaac Darko
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Diogo Jota has admitted that he looks up to Cristiano Ronaldo for inspiration
  • Ronaldo has been in red-hot form since the start of the 2023/24 season
  • The Al-Nassr superstar has scored an astonishing 45 goals in 2023

Liverpool attacker Diogo Jota openly acknowledges drawing inspiration from fellow Portuguese and football legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jota emphasises that his prime is yet to be reached, underscoring Ronaldo's sustained excellence beyond the age of 30.

Ronaldo's remarkable post-30 goal tally, exceeding 200 for both club and country, serves as a testament to enduring greatness.

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Diogo Jota has admitted that he looks up to Cristiano Ronaldo for inspiration. Photos by John Pewell
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At 26, Jota is steadfast in his commitment to improvement, expressing a dedication to hard work and continuous development, as quoted in the Mirror via Sportskeeda:

"I always look up to [Cristiano] Ronaldo, for example, and I think he scored more goals since he has been over 30 than before he was 30, so that shows as well it’s doable. It also means if you are 26 you can be away from your prime and that’s what I expect – and that’s what I work for as well every day.”

How has Jota fared this season

Jota has already netted eight goals in the current season, showcasing remarkable efficiency in his 16 appearances across various competitions, per Transfermarkt.

Impressively, the Liverpool star has spent only 872 minutes on the pitch, resulting in an extraordinary goals-per-minute ratio.

Jota’s classy gesture

Meanwhile, Jota was hailed for showing his class as he dedicated his goal for Liverpool against Nottingham Forest to Luis Diaz.

After scoring for Liverpool against Nottingham Forest last Sunday, the Portuguese ran to the bench to pick up a Luis Diaz shirt before holding it up in the air in support of his teammate.

Ronaldo's impact on Saudi League

Sports Brief also reported on the Saudi Pro League currently standing at the pinnacle of Asian football, reinforcing the Portuguese veteran's forecast that it will soon vie with Europe's major league s.

The SPL consistently garners the highest coefficient in Asia thanks to the achievements of clubs in the AFC Champions League. However, Ronaldo's Al-Nassr arrival sparked a transformation.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)