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Shalulile On CR7 Inspiration After Difficult Spell

Mamelodi Sundowns and Namibia striker Peter Shalulile said Cristiano Ronaldo has been a source of inspiration for him during a difficult spell in front of goals.

The 30-year-old who is closing on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) all-time scoring record is arguably one of the first imports in the country’s history.

But the 2023/24 season has brought a new challenge to the player who secured three Golden Boots already as he went without a goal at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations with the Brave Warriors and a spell of four months without a league goal for Sundowns.

However, ahead of the Nedbank Cup final, he netted five goals in his last six games taking his overall tally to 15 goals in 39 games this season.

“If you believe in yourself, and you know you’re a good player and a good striker, those are things that make you not give up on yourself,” Shalulile said.

“We see it in Europe also, the best CR7, people thought he was done but he’s breaking records and still believes in himself, there are things that motivate me when I watch him also because it’s not about giving up on yourself but we’re placed on earth to motivate others.

“I cannot give up, knowing there are people looking up to me, so that’s why I don’t give up, if I give up we kill the generations behind us. So that is what keeps me going and you know, with the Nations Cup, it wasn’t easy. It’s a brand new team so everyone expects you to do good.

“Not everything will go the way you want it to, but there are lessons in such moments, so I’ve learnt I can’t do it alone, I need my teammates, even in our personal lives, we cannot live alone, you need family, it’s what I got out of [a difficult AFCON] and it made me the player I am today, I have grown and I understand how to move forward.”

Shalulile has netted 90 goals with 24 assists in 157 games for Masandawana since he arrived from Highlands Park in September 2020.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.
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