Jack Harper has detailed Cristiano Ronaldo's dedication during Real Madrid training

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Jack Harper's move to Real Madrid at the age of 13 remains fascinating to this day.

Along with Dale Jennings making the astonishing move from Tranmere Rovers to Bayern Munich, the career path of Harper endures as one of the most intriguing transfer case studies of recent years.

Although Harper spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Spain, the 22-year-old is in fact Scottish and is one of very few players from the British Isles to play for Los Blancos.

He never made a senior appearance at the legendary club, but spent no less than six years in their youth set-up and even had opportunities to train with the first-team.

Since leaving the club in 2015, Harper had a brief spell with Brighton & Hove Albion before returning to Spain with Malaga, for whom he has scored four goals in Segunda Division.

Jack Harper at Real Madrid

So, although things didn't necessarily work out at the Bernabeu, it stood him in good stead for what is now shaping up to be a promising career in Iberia.

Writing in the Guardian, Sid Lowe caught up with Harper this week and discussed his unlikely story as the Scottish starlet making his name at Real.

And one of the talking points quickly became playing alongside some of the club's 'Galaticos,' including the biggest of them all - Cristiano Ronaldo.

Harper on Ronaldo's dedication

Although Harper has also been pictured alongside Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos, it was Ronaldo who left the biggest impression and he was keen to reiterate the Portuguese's astonishing work-rate.

So many of his teammates have explained his incredible training methods and Harper has even revealed that he barely saw Ronaldo's car move at the training complex.

Recalling his meeting with the legend, he explained: “I took a picture. I was tiny; it’s funny looking at that.

"I’m a fan – he’s the hardest worker, he was always there, I don’t think I’ve ever seen his car move. If it was easy everyone would do it. He’s obsessed.”

The word 'obsessed' seems pretty on.

The amount of testimonies to the fact Ronaldo is the first and last to training seems endless and his remarkable desire to remain at the top should serve as an example to all young players.

It's clear that Harper took on board some of the lessons he took from Ronaldo, having gone on to turns things around with Malaga. 

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However, we're not sure that many professional athletes can match the Real Madrid legend's pure commitment to his craft. It really is rare.

Ronaldo has certainly been missed at Real Madrid this season and for all the talent at their club, it's hard to imagine anyone has brought the desire of their record scorer.

If Harper can match 10% of the example set by Ronaldo, he'll be doing just fine.

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