Salah, Van Dijk, De Bruyne: 26 Premier League stars name their football idols

The world’s best footballers are idolised by millions of people around the world.

Take Mohamed Salah, for example. He’s no doubt an inspiration for millions of youngsters globally.

But who were the idols of some of the players playing in the Premier League today?

BT Sport have released a brilliant video where they asked numerous footballers playing in England’s top tier who their favourite player was growing up.

Kevin De Bruyne, Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Mount are just a few big names that got involved.

View their answers below…

Michail Antonio

“Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario and Ian Wright. Loved them. You can tell why I watched them. Charisma, character. They had it all.”

Virgil van Dijk

“Ronaldinho. Fantastic player. Full of joy, Quality. Definitely my idol.”

Son Heung-min

“Ji-Sung Park. He was my idol.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Ji-Sung Park of Manchester United gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on December 26, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Emile Smith Rowe

“Dennis Bergkamp.”

Phil Foden

“David Silva. I got to watch him a lot coming through the academy. Got to play with him too.”

Reece James

“Didier Drogba. When I was young I was a striker.”

Trent Alexander-Arnold

“Steven Gerrard.”

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 30: Steven Gerrard #8 of Liverpool in action against Manchester City during the International Champions Cup 2014 at Yankee Stadium on July 30, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes

“Ronaldinho. I liked his happiness playing football.”

Jamie Vardy

“David Hurst.” Vardy was and still is a Sheffield Wednesday fan, despite being released by the club as a 16-year-old. Hurst played for the Owls between 1986-1997 and scored 106 league games for the club.

Riyad Mahrez

Lionel Messi.”

Mohamed Salah

“Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo Nazario, Francesco Totti.”

Jadon Sancho


PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 20: Ronaldinho of FC Barcelona in action during the PSL soccer match between the Sundowns and FC Barcelona at Loftus Versfeld stadium on June 20, 2007 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Kevin De Bruyne

“When I was young it was Michael Owen. I can remember his goal in World Cup 1998 against Argentina.”

Sadio Mane

“Ronaldinho. Skills, dribbling.”

Mason Mount

“Frank Lampard, Luka Modric, Xavi, Andres Iniesta.”

Scott McTominay

“I’ll probably say Zinedine Zidane or Lionel Messi.”

BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 16: Lionel Messi of Barcelona is challenged by Scott McTominay of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United at Camp Nou on April 16, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Declan Rice

“John Terry. His leadership, the way he played, the way he applied himself on the pitch… he was everything I wanted to be as a footballer.”

Kieran Tierney

“Henrik Larsson. Growing up as a Celtic fan, I think everyone’s answer is the same.”

Wilfried Zaha

“My footballing idol was Ronaldinho. I used to watch loads of YouTube videos of him. I still do before my games.”

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