Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa has revealed that Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is his footballing idol.
As reported on Manchester United's official website, the Japanese star revealed that he's enjoyed watching the Spanish international over many years.
Iniesta has enjoyed great success at Barcelona and Kagawa will now be hoping to emulate his achievements in football.
Speaking to United Uncovered, Kagawa said: "There are a lot of players I admire, but Andres Iniesta has always been my idol. I really started to study his game when I turned professional at the age of 18. He has incredible technique and skill – he can dribble, pass the ball and score goals.
"He has the ability to do an important job for the team for 90 minutes. I've watched him many times before and he produces great performances in almost every game he plays, not just for his club but for his country as well. Of course, it was his goal that won the World Cup for Spain in 2010 and he is capable of influencing those big games, which only the top players can do."
Kagawa has also revealed that it was a special moment for him as he swapped shirts with the Catalans star after the Red Devils played the Spanish outfit on their pre season tour in 2012.
He continued by saying: "I admire everything about his game but the ability he has to turn on the ball, change his speed and his passing are the main things that stand out. I was lucky enough to play against him during one of our pre-season tour games in 2012 when we played Barcelona, and we swapped shirts at the end of the game. That was a very special moment for me. He is a great player and someone I always enjoy watching."
The playmaker has struggled with life at Manchester United since arriving in England from German outfit Borussia Dortmund in 2012.
However, he will be hoping to turn his Old Trafford career around as David Moyes' side target a strong end to the campaign. The Premier League champions have had a nightmare campaign and Kagawa hasn't featured on a regular basis at the Theatre of Dreams.
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