Former Chelsea and AS Roma German defender Antonio Rudiger has come out to say Ronaldo influenced his move to Real Madrid. The German said: “Ronaldo played in the 2002 final against Germany sporting a very distinctive haircut. When we were kids playing football in the street, Ronaldo was our idol. When I signed, I spoke to him on a video call. I was excited and very nervous at the same time.
Antonio Rudiger Says Brazilian Ronaldo is Idol
Antonio Rudiger also said: “I’m a player with a strong character, but I think it’s best to leave the rest to others and not to talk too much about yourself. “I think it’s hard to improve your speed, but I’m lucky because it’s something I have thanks to my genetics and I’m really pleased about that.
“On the pitch, I’m focused exclusively on work, but off the pitch I’m funny and I like to laugh and make people have a good time. “But most of all I can laugh at myself. Since Toni Kroos is already in the team, and I don’t like to be called Antonio, I’d like people to call me Rudi”.