Gabriel Martinelli names rival legend as his inspiration

May 10, 2023 10:20 am

Arsenal attacker Gabriel Martinelli has been in terrific form this season and is one of their leading goal-scorers, contributing profusely to their incredible form in the league. The 21-year-old has scored 15 goals and has provided six assists in 45 Premier League matches this season. 

Martinelli has been superb for the Gunners this season that are placed second in the Premier League standings. However, there still seems to be a few things that Martinelli isn’t aware of as an Arsenal player and he was in the news last night for naming Cristiano Ronaldo as his idol growing up. 

While it comes as no surprise that Ronaldo is his idol, not many Arsenal fans ended up liking the fact that their star of the season is a fan of a legend of their rival club Manchester united. The Brazilian youngster has established himself as one of the top players in the Premier League this season. 

Recently speaking to the club’s media, the player named Ronaldo as the one whom he idolized while growing up. He said: “If you were talking about footballers, the person I looked up to was always Cristiano Ronaldo. I used to watch him a lot when I was growing up, I loved his style, but in life, my main inspirations for sure are my parents. Back when I was young and still now, they are always there for me.”

Ronaldo has been one of the best players to ever grace the Premier League and on his second return to Manchester United, he went on to complete 100 goals in Premier League and was the club’s top goal-scorer last season. He has inspired many players across the globe throughout his career. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Martinelli is also an admirer of the Portuguese legend.

Despite leading the Premier League title race for the majority of the season, the Gunners have fallen behind Manchester City at this point. Cristiano Ronaldo, however, claimed that he hoped that the north Londoners win the title if Manchester United didn’t.

Speaking to British broadcaster Piers Morgan in his now infamous interview, the Portuguese superstar made this claim. He said in November (via Sport BIBLE):

“I hope so. Manchester first, and if not, Arsenal is some team that I like to see play. I like the team. I like the coach. I think they have a good team. And if Manchester United don’t win the Premier League, I will be happy if Arsenal do.”

Despite Ronaldo’s wish, it would take some dramatic turn of events for Arsenal to win the league this season. Manchester City lead Mikel Arteta’s team by a point, having played one game less. Now the onus falls back on Manchester City and all they have to do is win their remaining games to take their third PL crown in three seasons. Stay updated on Football news and betting opportunities with Nextbet