- The Leicester ace has attracted United's attention lately.
- He grew up as the Red Devils fan.
- The 1999 UCL win has a huge place in his memory.
- Cristiano Ronaldo is his role model.
Leicester City attacking midfielder James Maddison has put United & other Prem top clubs on alert following his breakthrough performances in 2018/19. Both The Independent and the Daily Record report on United's strong intentions over the £60m-rated star in the making.
Maddison was born in Coventry in 1996. He joined the Sky Blues academy in 2004. The Englishman was given a senior debut ten years later. His father filmed the whole decade-long journey. You can see from the footage James grew up a huge United supporter.
"My idol is Cristiano Ronaldo," Maddison told the Coventry Telegraph in 2015. "I always looked up to him because when I was younger I was more of a Man United fan – my first memory was them beating Bayern Munich and my dad running around the table with me.
"I like to have a lot of the ball at my feet, dribble with it, take players on, draw them in. That’s how I earn a lot of fouls I think. Big strong defenders think ‘I’m just going to show him what I’m all about’ and I’ll nick it away and win a free-kick.
"That’s the way I play; I like to express myself. Call it cocky or arrogant or whatever – I’ve been told that in many different ways – but if that’s me that’s me."
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