How Ronaldo inspired Mount
“I try to base my free-kicks on Ronaldo: hit the ball by the valve and it moves. That’s all you do. Top corner. Top bins.”
You may recognise those words, delivered directly to the camera by a young, long-haired Mason Mount, in a viral video that has been shared across social media over recent years.
After explaining his set-piece technique, a fledgling Mount, of Chelsea’s Academy at the time, goes on to fire an effort over the wall and into the net, just as his inspiration Cristiano made a habit of doing in his Manchester United career.
Emulating the latter, Mason completed a move to the Reds on Wednesday and it was later announced that he will wear the club's no.7 shirt, following in the footsteps of the Portugal megastar.
Growing up Mason Mount tried to imitate Cristiano Ronaldo's ball-striking technique💫— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) June 30, 2023
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As a boyhood Pompey fan, our new signing was in the stands at Old Trafford on that evening watching his side, and would leave M16 in awe of our former star.
“I was probably around 10 [note: he was nine years old],” Mount recalls.
“I was there in the away end, supporting my team Pompey, and was able to witness that special moment.
“I think that video of me taking the free-kick in training was after that day.
“So, I'd love to now replicate it.”
He’ll follow on from the likes of Ronaldo and David Beckham in wearing the club’s historic no.7 jersey, and the 24-year-old taking on that mantle may be an ode to the esteemed former United players whom he admired, growing up.
“Becks was also a massive inspiration of mine, growing up with his free-kicks, and I was in awe of his technique.
“So yeah, I've had a lot of inspiration from many players. But you take a little inspiration from different parts of their games and try to put it into yours.”
You can hear more from Mason Mount by watching his first interview as a United player here!