Marcus Rashford admits to being inspired by the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo, with a Manchester United icon of the past providing motivation for a Red Devils star of the present.
A five-time Ballon d’Or winner continues to set the standard for rivals around the world, with his exploits for Real Madrid and Portugal showing what can be achieved when hard work is combined with God-given talent.
Rashford is hoping that he can one day get close to the levels of Ronaldo, with the 33-year-old having put in another talismanic display for his country against Iran on Wednesday.
The former United winger is now the highest scoring European player in history – with 85 international goals to his name – and is showing no sign of slowing down as he continues to amaze both fellow professionals and a global fan base.
Rashford told ITV Sport of what Ronaldo’s efforts mean to him: “He keeps making these moments which are unbelievable and there is no better sort of motivation than him.
“[Is he the best in the game right now?] I'd say so. He is not only maintaining it but he keeps hitting new heights.
“To get to that level it takes years and years of doing the same things in training every day.”
Ronaldo and Rashford are currently gracing the same stage at World Cup 2018.
Harry Kane netted a priceless double for the Three Lions in that encounter, with his decisive effort coming in the 91st minute.
Rashford is looking for Gareth Southgate’s side to build on that result, with confidence high within an exciting young squad.
He added: “It was a special night, a night you'll never forget, especially in the manner that we won it.
“I always say when you score late goals like that it's usually down to the support because I'm telling you, a lot of players on the pitch are physically drained.
“It's definitely the biggest feeling I have had in an England shirt and that stays with us now. We can sort of use that to push off on and build.”
England are next in action on Sunday when they face Panama in their second Group G fixture.