Wolves forward Diogo Jota has told The Telegraph that he can learn a lot from Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
The flying Wolves man was in the Portugal squad that won the Nations League last month, although he didn’t get on the pitch.
A bright future beckons for Jota, however, and he feels that the 34-year-old goal machine is the barometer to work towards.
Jota, 22, impressed the £500k-a-week superstar with his football – and his singing during their recent international break.
He told The Telegraph: “He is a very nice guy, I like him. We had to do a song and he said I was the best. I was very proud of that. It was just the initiation ritual.
“During my childhood, I watched him on television as a kind of reference for me. Now I have the opportunity to play with him. That was a good achievement for me and of course, I tried to learn off him as much as possible.”
But what makes the man with 601 career goals so unbelievably good?
Jota thinks it’s to do with the extra miles he puts in alongside his day-to-day training.
He continued: “The way he works, even when the training has finished he will go to do sprint work, gym work before training, that kind of thing is what you can learn. That’s a normal day for him. Putting extra things in your normal routines.
“He has a lot of experience in football and he likes to share it. He’s a really nice guy.”
There is little surprise that Jota feels he can learn a lot from Ronaldo.
Like the global phenomenon, Jota began as a winger but has found himself in a more central role at Wolves.
Jota netted nine goals and registered five assists in last season’s Premier League.
He will hope to improve further next season and if he keeps using Ronaldo as someone to aspire to be like, that can only bode well for Wolves.