“I love it when people are on my back … I try to get rid of hate like Cristiano Ronaldo! : Jack Grealish Says He Will Miss Boo-Boys In Camera Games As He Remembers Former Manchester United Star Abused At Villa Park
- Jack Grealish and Aston Villa prepare for return to action in the Premier League
- Matches until at least the end of this season will be played behind closed doors
- Villa playmaker admits he will miss the stick he receives from opposition fans
- Grealish admits admiring Cristiano Ronaldo’s conduct at Villa Park
Jack Grealish admitted he would miss the fans’ baton when the Premier League restarted behind closed doors, as he pointed to the star who taught him how to thrive on the energy of hostile crowds.
England’s top flight will be back in action later this month, but the crowd has been omitted in every game.
This can be both a curse and a blessing for Grealish, who has often found himself the target of opposition supporters.
Jack Grealish insists he will miss the stick of opposition supporters after the return of football
It was no more evident than last season when he was attacked on the field by a Brimingham City supporter in the derby when he was struck from behind.
He was not the only one to be abused at Villa Park, with Cristiano Ronaldo most often the target of dog abuse by home fans when visiting Manchester United.
As Grealish came to learn, however, that would only stimulate the Portuguese star.
“I love it all,” Grealish told The Express and The Star. “I like it when people are on my back and targeting me.
“I still remember when I was a kid – and I’m not saying I’m pretty much at his level – but Cristiano Ronaldo came to Villa and the fans absolutely boated him.
Grealish admits he used to admire Cristiano Ronaldo for throwing boos at Villa Park
“He used to thrive and that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to make fan hatred flourish. “
Grealish has been linked to a move to former Ronaldo club Manchester United this summer.
The England international is valued at £ 80 million, a charge which is unlikely to change if the club is relegated due to their financial strength.