During a recent interview, Diogo Dalot revealed the exact moment he got to experience Cristiano Ronaldo playing live in a game.
Back when Diogo Dalot first saw Cristiano Ronaldo playing a live football match, he was just a kid who never imagined where he would be today. After more than a decade, today he shares the dressing room with his childhood idol and hope they can win trophies together. For Dalot, playing alongside Cristiano is a double joy because they also play for the Portugal National Team together.
As they are about to face Luxembourg in the World Cup Qualifiers, Dalot spoke about the special moment he first saw Cristiano Ronaldo. During his childhood days in Portugal, Diogo got to enjoy one of Cristiano’s historic moments. It’s the first-ever Puskas Award-winning goal that took place at Do Dragao Stadium in Porto. It was a Champions League match between the local squad and Manchester United. We all remember how that goal happened. The entire world does.
Dalot recalls the time he saw Ronaldo live.
As per The Mirror, here’s what Diogo Dalot said about his idol: “I think it’s the way he conducts himself and prepares himself for the games. It’s another level. It’s special to combine the way you saw him before and now you can see him behind the scenes as well, and combine everything. It’s amazing to have that energy and that mentality, also, in the dressing room. I think he brings everybody up and that’s so positive for us. My first memory was when he was at United, that’s when I learnt all about him and really liked the way he played.
“I’ve spoken many times about Cristiano – he was a big reference for me growing up and then having the opportunity to meet him in the national team, and now being his team-mate. It’s a very good achievement for me too because when you grow up you want to play with the best and, playing with the best, it’s a very proud moment in my career. The first time I saw him was in Porto when he scored that goal from almost 100 yards. I was in the stands behind the goal and obviously I wasn’t too happy because I was supporting Porto, but it was my first memory seeing him live. I tried to reach him when I was a kid, and he was in the national team but my first memory is that game. Afterwards it’s watching him on the internet and videos like everybody else.”