Saka reveals aim to emulate idol Cristiano Ronaldo's longevity and scoring exploits

Bukayo Saka believes Cristiano Ronaldo is an inspiration to several players including himself. (Photo Credit: Pulse Sports collage)

Saka reveals aim to emulate idol Cristiano Ronaldo's longevity and scoring exploits

Izuchukwu Akawor 10:50 - 28.04.2024

Ahead of the trip to Tottenham Arsenal's star boy Bukayo Saka has shared a special plan to copy his hero Cristiano Ronaldo.

Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka has revealed a long-term plan set by his manager Mikel Arteta to become a player who can feature in 60 to 70 games per season, just like his idol Cristiano Ronaldo.

Pulse Sports Nigeria can report this following a recent interview by the Arsenal youngster ahead of the all-important North London Derby against Tottenham on Super Sunday.

Saka aims to follow Ronaldo

According to the Mirror, Saka explained that Arteta has challenged him to reach the level of the elite players in the game, who are capable of consistently performing at the highest level over an extended period.

"He [Mikel] told me the elite players all do it, so if I want to get to that level I have to be ready to play that many games and try and help my team win each of those games as well," Saka said.

England and Arsenal star Bukayo Saka
England and Arsenal star Bukayo Saka (Imago)

The 22-year-old England international was full of praise for Ronaldo, acknowledging the former Manchester United and Juventus star as a "perfect example" of a player who has been able to maintain his goalscoring ability throughout his illustrious career.

"He just exploded and turned into a goalscoring machine, and I think he inspired a lot of players to try and follow in his footsteps," Saka said.

"But at the same time, I just want to try and be myself and do what's required to play and win for Arsenal."

Al Nassr star Cristiano Ronaldo has not lost his appetite for goals even at 39.
Al Nassr star Cristiano Ronaldo has not lost his appetite for goals even at 39. || X

With 14 goals and 9 assists in the Premier League this season, Saka is already enjoying a highly productive campaign. Another goal in Arsenal's upcoming clash against Tottenham Hotspur would see him set a new personal best record.

As the Gunners continue their push for the Premier League title, Saka's quest to emulate Ronaldo's longevity and goalscoring prowess will be further tested as the Gunners eye a first PL win in 20 years. 

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It will be interesting to see if the young winger can rise to the challenge set by his manager and cement his place among the elite players in the game starting with the clash against Spurs later today.

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