Ryan Gauld has revealed that he was inspired by the exploits of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo to move to Sporting Lisbon, reports the Daily Express.
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The Scot has been compared to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, but it would appear to be the four time Ballon d’Or winner’s main rival who has the biggest effect on his career. The former Dundee United ace decided to move to Portugal because of the good record that Sporting has with bringing through young players such as the ex-Manchester United star.
Gauld said: “Sporting have got a good track record with really good, young players – Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani all came from here – so I knew they must have the coaches to develop world class players. That’s why I’m here so I guess it did play a part.”
Another former Red Devil has also been helping the 19-year-old since he moved abroad.
He added: “Nani’s been brilliant with me. After training he’s making sure everything’s good and even in training he’s making sure I’m fully concentrated. I’ve settled really well now – I’ve adapted to the football, I’ve adapted to Portuguese life and I’m really enjoying it.”
The youngster has made two appearances for the senior side in Lisbon since moving there for £3 million last summer. However, he has been playing regularly for their ‘B’ team, making 25 appearances and scoring 3 goals.