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Leeds United ace Ronaldo Vieira explains choice of name on shirt

Leeds United’s Ronaldo Vieira celebrates after the match

Ronaldo or Vieira? Leeds United ace explains his choice.

Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira has been one of the success stories of the season so far, establishing himself as a first team regular.

Vieira, 18, created a buzz when he first arrived on the scene due to his famous name, and those just discovering him are keen to find out more.

Leeds United’s Ronaldo Vieira celebrates after the matchLeeds United’s Ronaldo Vieira celebrates after the match

His increasing profile has seen him interviewed in his homeland of Portugal, and Vieira was quizzed on the origin of his name, and his brother Romario, and also quizzed why he does not have Ronaldo on the back of his shirt.

Speaking to Mais Futebol, Vieira explained that he felt the Ronaldo game carried more pressure: "I think Ronaldo is a very big name.

"I did not want people to say: 'This guy thinks he is Ronaldo'. Vieira is simpler and he was also instrumental in England."

His brother also sought to clarify the twins were named after the Brazilian Ronaldo and his illustrious teammate, rather than former Manchester United forward Cristiano being an inspiration.

Romario said: "My mother liked playing football, but with her friends in Guinea. In the year we were born, which was in 1998, Brazil had Romário and Ronaldo and she was very fond of Brazil. That's why we got the name."

Ronaldo BrazilRonaldo celebrates scoring for Brazil

Vieira has not yet been capped at any youth level for Portugal, but adds in the interview that they are the country he wants to represent.

This evening he will line up for Leeds against Reading at Elland Road, hoping to help his side bounce back from a disappointing loss to Brighton on Friday.

Twin brother Romario Vieira is currently with the under-23s, having been signed earlier this year.

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