Ronaldo, widely recognised as the one of the best players to grace the Premier League, has become an even better player since trading Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2009.
In the season just gone, the Portugal international notched 61 goals in all competitions and his personal drive to become a better all-round player has seen him become a multiple Ballon d’Or winner.
Walcott, speaking to reporters ahead of England’s upcoming fixtures, cited the need to do it on the big stage for the Gunners and highlighted Ronaldo as an inspirational figure who makes the difference.
“You look at players like Ronaldo. Sometimes he might be completely quiet in a game, but then he will do something that matters and that’s all people will remember,” he explained, as quoted by the Mirror.
“I think big players need to turn it on in big games. When I’ve been given the opportunity this season, I’ve managed to prove myself. But just doing that on a more consistent basis is the next step.
“Football is a team game, but sometimes you need an individual to do that extra bit. That’s what turns you into the best player you can be.”
Should Theo Walcott use Cristiano Ronaldo as an example of how to improve?
Walcott can play in a range of positions up front, though many observers feel his best role is out on the left cutting on his right foot – similar to Ronaldo during his stint at United.
He scored five Premier League goals in four starts since his return from injury and opened the scoring during the Gunners’ 4-0 FA Cup victory over Aston Villa.
The talent is there and some could say he has delivered, but what he must not do is look to improve his own tallies so much that it has an adverse effect on the team.
Ronaldo, for all his goal scoring ability, finished the season trophy-less and fellow attacking teammate Gareth Bale undoubtedly suffered as a result of his personal gains.
While producing moments of brilliance in the big games grabs the headlines, players like Lionel Messi achieve so much success because the Argentine is also willing to do the hard work for the team.