Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard gave a brief glimpse into who he sees as inspiration for his own career yesterday as he gave a nod to footballing superstar Ronaldo.

But while many youngsters of his age may have named the Juventus attacker Cristiano, it was the Brazilian icon of yesteryear that the Hoops forward paid homage too.

Edouard so rarely does press – be it for language reasons or him just being shy.

But he was almost forced into Celtic’s media room at Lennoxtown after scooping January’s Premiership Player of the Month award after scoring three goals in three games during the month.

Edouard scores against Ross County

Edouard scores against Ross County (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

“There are a lot of strikers I like,” he told the Daily Record. “I don’t have one specific striker at the moment that I admire the most.

“But Ronaldo – the Brazilian one – is the best.

“In the present moment I watch a lot of different strikers and I try to learn from them.

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“I am still young, so I am training a lot and every year I become more mature as a player.”

Brazilian legend Ronaldo

Brazilian legend Ronaldo (Photo by Pressefoto Ulmerullstein bild via Getty Images)

Edouard enjoys many of famous Ronaldo traits

It’s easy to see some similarities between the way Edouard and the Brazilian legend played the game.

Like the retired former Real Madrid and Barcelona frontman, Edouard uses his body really well to shield the ball.

However, he’s at his best when he’s turned and running at defenders, with his quick feet and lightning speed making it almost impossible for them to tackle him.

Edouard with the ball at his feet

Edouard with the ball at his feet (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

His finishing is equally terrific with chips and side-foots often in evidence, just like Ronaldo.

That’s what makes the Celtic talisman such hot property around Europe.

For all the great forwards around the continent, there aren’t too many who play the game like Edouard.

He really does have so much to his game. If he can just continue to improve week by week, he will soon be gracing the same stages his idol did.

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