Spain-based striker Ricardo Schutte has admitted that the current season is not ending the way that he wished it would end.
The forward completed a loan move from Portuguese top-flight side Rio Ave to Spanish Segunda Liga side CD Mirandes at the beginning of the season and he started well, but a few injuries have interrupted his progress at the Spanish club.
Born in Zeerust, Schutte later moved to the Portuguese island of Madeira, where he idolised another local in Cristiano Ronaldo.
Speaking to the Cosafa show, the 22-year-old said growing up in Madeira was a privilege because everyone idolised Ronaldo and he inspired most of the local kids to love the game.
“Coming from Madeira, we always watched Cristiano Ronaldo. I liked Manchester United a lot because of him, then Real Madrid and now Juventus. I am always studying how he plays, and he was like a role-model.
“You don’t realise it until you are on the island, but the best thing that ever happened to Madeira was Cristiano Ronaldo … and for Portugal too. Coming from a small, small island, it is just a great impact that he has had on the local community.
“Everybody talks about him, everybody loves him. All the young kids on the island who want to be football players, they are inspired by Ronaldo. You look at where he came from, what he did [to be successful], how difficult was his life in Madeira, because he did not come from a stable background in terms of money and so on.
“So, seeing his career and the great player he had become, it is an inspiration for everyone.”
Injuries have hampered the striker’s progress this season. He has missed the majority of games in the second half of the season, but he hopes to come back stronger and better.
Schutte has made 12 league appearances and only managed to assist one goal so far this season. He will be eager to score his first goal in the colours of Mirandes before the end of the season.
“I have had a few injuries, but in the beginning I was doing very, very well. I had adapted quickly to the team and was playing 90 minutes every game. Then I had a little injury, then another one and another one. But now I am coming back and much stronger again.
“I am really enjoying it and learning a lot. It is the year that I am learning the most. If you play in the first team in this league consistently, then you are going to show your quality and people are going to know about you. A lot of people watch (LaLiga 2), there is a lot of quality and it is a very tough championship.”
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