Joao Felix: I want to be like Cristiano Ronaldo

Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has been dubbed by many the “new Cristiano Ronaldo” and he told ESPN he wants to emulate his Portugal teammate.

Felix featured alongside Ronaldo as Portugal won the Nations League this summer, before sealing a €126 million move to Atletico.

“Cristiano Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or trophies and this is the dream of every player,” he said in an exclusive interview with ESPN. “Obviously I would like to be like Cristiano.”

Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Fernando Torres and Radamel Falcao have all enjoyed impressive spells in the Spanish capital and Felix said he wants to do the same.

“I saw the strikers that Atletico had and they were great players, great strikers,” he added. “I want to be one more and this is why I choose to come here.”

Meanwhile, fellow summer signing Kieran Trippier has told ESPN he intends to conduct an interview in Spanish within the next two months.

“My priority is to speak Spanish,” he said. “I want to be involved with the players and the coach to understand more.

“I’ve got a teacher in Madrid and it’s five days a week for two hours a day so maybe in a month or two, we can have this interview speaking Spanish.”

Trippier, 28, joined the Spanish club from Tottenham for around €25m and said he has always wanted to test himself abroad.

“There were a few clubs interested in me but when Atletico Madrid came in for me, it was a great experience to play out in Spain in La Liga,” he added. “It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, to play abroad and I’m absolutely delighted to be here.”