Cristiano Ronaldo used to consider Abdel-Sattar Sabry his role model, claims former Egypt star
Former Egypt star Abdel-Sattar Sabry said that Cristiano Ronaldo considered the Pharaoh his role model back at the start of his career.
The 43-year-old joined Portuguese side Benfica from Greek side PAOK in January 2000. He spent two and a half seasons there before joining Maritimo in the summer of 2002. He then had a stint at Estrela Amadro before returning to play for ENPPI and Tala’a El-Gaish in the Egyptian Premier League.
The former Benfica and Maritimo midfielder remembers the words of a 19-year-old Ronaldo when he described Sabry as his role model after the latter fired a free-kick in the dying minutes against Sporting CP to postpone Ronaldo’s side 1999-2000 league win.
“We had a game against Sporting Lisbon, Ronaldo was a player for them back then, he was still 19. It was an important game for them back then. I scored the winner for Benfica on that day and gave Porto the title,” Sabry said in an interview.
“After the game they asked Ronaldo who is his role model. He told them it is Abdel-Sattar Sabry. He took my shirt that day and we have became friends since I was in Madeira,” he added.
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