Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he strives to be a good role model to youngsters.
The Portuguese superstar is regarded as one of the best players in world football, having built his reputation with Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United before moving to the Santiago Bernabeu.
And, whilst the 27-year-old strives to be the best player he can be, Ronaldo believes it’s the example he sets to others which matters most during his career.
"What I do, since when I started to play football, is to give my best. No matter if I'm the best player in the world, the second, third, the tenth best player. I believe that our determination should be the main focus,” he said in an interview with the Portuguese FA.
“I think we should be remembered as a great professional, an example to follow, a role model - the best possible in football. This is, in my opinion, (and) I will achieve (it), because I have fully dedicated myself and I will continue to do so until the end of my career."
Despite his occasional fiery persona on the pitch, Ronaldo was also eager to reveal that he does not hold grudges with anyone, and that his attitude to players is different once he crosses the white line at the end of a match.
"I believe I have a good heart. I don't keep bad feelings with me. Everything that happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch,” he added.
“Off the field, I'm a regular guy, I talk to everyone, I don't have any issues with anyone. Thank God!"
Ronaldo was speaking before the Champions League draw yesterday (Thursday), which has pitted the winger against former club United in the last 16 of the competition.
The match will mark the first time Ronaldo has returned to Old Trafford for a competitive fixture since leaving for Los Blancos in an £80 million deal.