Botman must continue Newcastle form vs 'hero' Ronaldo on Sunday
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Botman must continue Newcastle form vs 'hero' Ronaldo on Sunday

It’s Newcastle United vs Manchester United this weekend, with Toon defender Sven Botman set to potentially come up against his hero Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Magpies head to Old Trafford on Sunday, with sixth set to face fifth. It should be an excellent game, and Eddie Howe’s side will be full of confidence after back-to-back wins.

One player who is really shining at the minute is Botman. After being dropped before the international break, the 22-year-old is now back in the starting lineup.

He played well in the win over Fulham, then he was even better in the Brentford thrashing. We are now beginning to see glimpses of why he cost £35million this summer.

Botman is a Rolls Royce defender, putting in classy performances that ooze composure. He was dominant on Saturday, and will hope to be the same this weekend.

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However, he faces a bigger task. And he might come up against his footballing idol – Cristiano Ronaldo.

What Botman previously said about Ronaldo

The Dutchman recently spoke to BBC’s MOTDx, and was asked who his first footballing hero was. His answer was simple.

“Cristiano Ronaldo,” he replied.

Botman was then asked about the prospect of playing against the Red Devils superstar for Newcastle.

“Just any game, it will be normal,” he said.

“Last season, for example, I played against Paris with Messi, Neymar and Mbappe, you look at them on TV playing FIFA with them. 

“But in the game, you are the same like every other player.”

Botman could now face his hero this weekend

Botman claims facing Ronaldo would be just like any game, and that could be put to the test this weekend.

Ronaldo could feature for Man United, despite enduring a tough start to the season under Erik ten Hag. The 37-year-old is no longer a starter, instead featuring on the bench.

However, he was brought on early against Everton on Sunday and scored the winner. Perhaps his impact at Goodison Park will earn him a start against the Magpies.

If that is the case, Botman will be going toe-to-toe with his hero. And he should fancy his chances at coming out on top given how well he is playing.

However, Ronaldo certainly isn’t finished. And he will go down as one of the greatest players of all time.

Botman will need to continue his strong form, and a good performance against a legend of the game could take his confidence to even greater heights.