Kluivert: ‘Ronaldo inspired me’

Roma winger Justin Kluivert reveals “I was inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo” growing up, and is “learning so much” from Eusebio Di Francesco.

The Dutch international joined the Giallorossi from Ajax in the summer, and he sat down with Sky to discuss his career in Italy so far.

“I’m very happy, I’m enjoying this experience every day,” Kluivert responded.

“The league is difficult but it makes you a better player. My dad, [Patrick] told me that.

“He was my role model growing up, without a doubt, but also I was inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo, someone who lives for football and for sport.

“My father told me that the competition here would be very high, but I can learn a lot from the champions in the squad.

“Eusebio Di Francesco? He’s given me so much, he’s an excellent Coach from whom I have learned so much.

“He advises me to use my pace, I need to exploit that to attack the opponents.

“Daniele De Rossi has also been very important, when I came here he was on holiday but he sent me a message to welcome me.

“That motivated me a lot, he’s a phenomenon on and off the pitch, and it’s an honour to play with him. He speaks English really well, so I talk to him a lot.

“Italian is difficult, but I think in about a month I’ll have the hang of it.”

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