“With everything he won, I have a hard time understanding how he didn’t win the Ballon d’Or”: Bruno Fernandes says he wants to model his play on Andres Iniesta … as Man United star calls himself “a warrior” on the field
- Bruno Fernandes says to look up to Andres Iniesta for inspiration for his play
- He said the former Barcelona star was ‘one of the best in the world’ on his day
- The Man United star revealed that he also admires Ronaldinho and Cristiano Ronaldo
- Fernandes says he takes to the field with a brutal attitude to win every game
- The Portuguese international has taken the Premier League by storm with United
Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandes aims to emulate former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta, who he says was ‘one of the best in the world’.
Well established in Old Trafford, the Portuguese midfielder already has experts, fans and former United players following his early appearances following his £ 68m move from Sporting Lisbon in January.
And now that the 25-year-old is on his way to becoming a fan favorite already, he has described Iniesta as the player he models his game for because he’s someone who ‘takes risks’ – saying he was surprised he never the Balloon D’or.
Man United star Bruno Fernandes hopes to emulate ex-Barcelona star Andres Iniesta
He said the Spaniard was “one of the best in the world” and should have won the Ballon D’or
“The one I liked and saw was Iniesta, because Iniesta is a mix between an eight and a ten,” he told United’s official website. “It’s a way I can do better, between eight and ten.
“It’s the guy who always likes to have the ball, takes the risks and I think Iniesta was one of the best in the world.
“It was impressive to me how Iniesta ended his career without the Ballon d’Or. With everything he has won, it is difficult for me to understand! ”
Fernandes has a lot of players he admired growing up as a young footballer and said another ex-Barca star in Ronadinho got him excited, adding that the Brazilian had been sticking him on the TV for ‘hours’.
The playmaker said he also looked up to Cristiano Ronaldo on the left and Ronaldinho on the right
“I have a lot of players that I like to see. For example, in my first few years, the player I think is the one that everyone liked and will always like, Ronaldinho.
“For me, he’s the player with the ability to take you and put you in front of the TV, and you stay for hours. For hours! Because he had that energy and that luck. He was happy with everything he did. You like it when you see boys playing like this, so Ronaldinho was my favorite player the first few years. ‘
He’s already ticking a lot of boxes for Manchester United fans, and they won’t have any complaints if he achieves something similar to former Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo – which Fernandes is also looking up to.
The Portuguese star made a quick impact, scoring three goals and proving four assists
“After that I already said that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the players. As a professional player, he is the best you can follow. ‘
Fernandes has wasted no time making his mark on Manchester’s red side, scoring three goals and giving four assists since joining the team. He has been involved in a goal in every league game except one since his arrival.
He has won praise from former players like Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand, and now the player has revealed the secret of his success himself – a relentless streak every time he sets foot on the field.
He said the key to his success was to have a ‘warrior’ mentality in every game he plays
“Warrior, because for me every game is a fight,” he added. “You have to go to the game and understand that you have to beat your opponent.
“With all due respect, because you have to respect your opponent, but you have to defeat them. If you don’t beat them, they will beat you.
“It doesn’t matter who’s on the other team. If it’s a friend because I have friends who play in the Premier League, I don’t care. At that point, I am the greatest enemy they can have. ‘