Cristiano Ronaldo is an example for all young footballers, says Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
Former United hero Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford with Juventus for a Champions League clash on Tuesday, having left Real Madrid in a July deal worth €112million.
With Mario Mandzukic ruled out through injury, Ronaldo will shoulder Juve's goalscoring burden in the Group H tie, the Portugal captain having struck in his last two appearances for the Serie A champions.
And United striker Lukaku believes Ronaldo's dedication to improving his game makes him a role model for rising talents.
"You just look at the way he plays, the way how he performs, and the way he prepares himself for the big games and also the regular games," Lukaku told a news conference.
"He's a guy who has been consistent for the last 10 years. He's an example for all the young players coming up.
"Obviously the challenge of tomorrow is to win the game against a really difficult side, but we're going to do our best and see where we stand against one of the best teams in Europe."
United host Juve with four points from their two group games so far, but Jose Mourinho's side have only won one of their last six matches in all competitions.
But having come from behind at Lukaku's old club Chelsea last time out, only for Ross Barkley's late goal to salvage a draw, the Belgium striker says United are on the up.
"The mood is really positive," Lukaku added. "Obviously we were disappointed with how the game ended against Chelsea but like I said at the start of the season a lot of stuff has changed behind the scenes.
"It's going to take time obviously to be where we want to be but in the last two games we have proved that we can play and we can press forward and we have players to make the difference, and now the work that we're doing behind the scenes has to be moving into this."
Squad...pic.twitter.com/AgXSjLUaQ9— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) September 12, 2018
Lukaku's form has mirrored United's this season, with the striker without a club goal for over a month, although he hit a Nations League brace against Switzerland during that period.
"Basically now I think I'm in a phase where, with Belgium I've been playing there for 10 years... I've been there since I was 16 and I'm 25 so players know me much more," Lukaku continued.
"But here I still think that my teamwork between myself and my [United] team-mates can improve much better, and that's something that we are working on. The players need to know me, they need to know my movement and I need to know their movement.
"When that starts clicking I think then the results I had with Belgium will come also over here."
|Australia´s next generation pay tribute to retiring Cahill|
|Bairstow pushing hard for Test recall|
|Cane eyes 2019 Super Rugby return after neck break|
|Van Dijk finds time to console referee during Dutch delight|
|Cahill sheds tear at end of phenomenal Australia career|
|WATCH: Pelicans coach Gentry interviews himself|
|Where does Chiefs-Rams classic rank among NFL´s highest-scoring matches?|
|Australia 3 Lebanon 0: Boyle bags brace on Cahill farewell|
|Guendouzi underlines desire to represent France|
|I might need a couple of drinks to relax after that! - Rams coach McVay|
|Juventus´ Alex Sandro has Premier League ambition|
|Ederson taking goalkeeping to another level, says City hero Weaver|
|Ceferin dismisses "super league" plans as fiction|
|Rams defeat Chiefs in one of the highest scoring games in NFL history|
|Kemba Walker leads Hornets to win over Celtics|
|Gomez praises ´top player´ Van Dijk, Stones|
|Cricket Australia to maintain Smith, Warner ball tampering bans|
|Brazil´s Tite encouraged by Neymar captaincy|
|Holmes set for NFL switch after Cronulla release|
|Dier encourages English youngsters to follow Sancho´s lead|
|Southgate promises further changes to England squad|
|Jones sceptical over Pocock injury|
|Sane encouraged despite Germany´s ´annoying´ Nations League draw|
|Character got Netherlands through, says Koeman|
|Netherlands´ focus still on Euros - Van Dijk|
|Ireland will be ready for qualifiers, insists O´Neill|
|Smith undergoes successful surgery, Redskins sign Sanchez|
|Germany 2 Netherlands 2: Dramatic five-minute fightback seals Oranje progression|
|Denmark 0 Republic of Ireland 0: Thrills at a premium again in Aarhus|
|O´Brien could return for start of Six Nations|
|Cavani: Neymar and I are ´friends, brothers, team-mates´|
|Pothas named Windies interim head coach|
|LA Galaxy planning for Ibrahimovic stay|
|NFL will return to Mexico City in 2019|
|Broner vows to end Pacquiao´s career in Las Vegas|
|UEFA should punish PSG and Man City, says LaLiga chief|
|Teenage driver Floersch has ´no fear of paralysis´ after operation|
|Mancini bemoans Italy´s misfortune in front of goal|
|Sprint legend Johnson ´pretty much back to normal´ after stroke|
|Bournemouth defender Adam Smith out for three months|
|World champions France out to end 2018 on a high|
|I told him there´s no future in football! A-Rod relieved to be ignored by Mahomes|
|Dembele must focus and be more responsible - Suarez|
|Neymar could return one day – Barca chief|
|Cole backs West Ham to keep Arnautovic|
|Injury rules Bernardo Silva out of Poland clash|
|Lamar Jackson debut start ´spectacular´ - Ravens coach Harbaugh|
|Babar run out the turning point, laments Sarfraz|
|West Ham boost London Stadium capacity to 60,000|
|A great advertisement for Test cricket - Williamson revels in stunning win|
|Van Dijk one of the world´s best - Klaassen|
|Floersch had ´angel on her shoulder´ in horror crash|
|Gascoigne charged with sexual assault|
|I am going to stay at Chelsea and fight, insists Giroud|
|Hansen to make announcement on All Blacks future|
|I have reached the top by joining Chelsea - Sarri|
|Bonucci tells Italy boo boys to ´live with less envy´|
|Dramatic Pakistan collapse gives Stead first New Zealand Test win|
|Button enjoying racing for first time in years|
|Dortmund chief not planning Pulisic sale|
|Theismann: Smith leg break ´heart-wrenching´ to watch|
|Wolves defender Jonny suffers knee injury|
|Holmes to meet with Sharks amid NFL switch talk|
|LeBron made 51 points ´look easy´, says Walton|
|McGuire signs four-year deal with Cowboys|
|Bears beat Vikings to extend NFC North lead|
|Peng overcomes Davis in Houston final|
|Kerr says this has been his toughest stretch as Warriors coach|
|LeBron scores 51 in Lakers´ win, Warriors fall to Spurs|
|Win more than Djokovic? Let´s chill out – Zverev|