When Kylian Mbappé was a child, there was a poster of Cristiano Ronaldo on the wall of her bedroom. You may have seen a photo of a young Mbappé lying in bed, surrounded by photos of Ronaldo. The young French forward has idolized Ronaldo since he was a child, so whenever he shares a ball with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, he gets excited.
Last Sunday, the French team played against Portugal in the European Union. Mbappé posted two photos of himself and Ronaldo on Twitter with the caption: "Idol".
The Juventus striker has goals he wants to achieve before hanging up his boots, but he has left a legacy.
Mbappé is just one of his players. Harlan, Rashford and Felix have all expressed their admiration for Ronaldo.
"Cristiano is my childhood idol, he is my role model in everything," Felix told the record company in 2019.
"I'm still a child, he is already the best player in the world. He is unique." From professional players to grassroots, you can see Ronaldo's influence. Players will imitate his free kick technique or wear long sleeves and high shorts.
Like Cristiano. Further evidence of his incredible influence comes from all the players who copied his signature "Siii" celebration. His stormy jump, mid-air spin and powerful landing are iconic.
You might think that Ronaldo spent a few hours carefully designing his now iconic move, but few people actually think about it. He told the YouTube Football Channel Network "I played against Chelsea in the United States and I don't know where it came from. I just scored a goal and then I said,'Shhh!', but to be honest, it was natural. From After that, I started to do this. I felt like a fan. When they saw me, they were like'Siii' and I thought,'Wow, people remember Cristiano because of Siii', so I Keep going." The video shows Ronaldo's influence.
You will see children performing on the street, and adults will do the same in Sunday leagues. A man even did it at his wedding. A video shows Ronaldo's celebration, from the youth players of Ajax to Neymar. This really highlights Ronaldo's influence around the world.