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.
View their answers below…
𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐩? 😍— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 11, 2022
• Recreating goals in the garden
• Name on the back of the shirt
• Highlights on repeat
We asked some of the Premier League's biggest stars who inspired them in football… pic.twitter.com/5SFqDJRSPZ
“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.”
“Ji-Sung Park. He was my idol.”
Emile Smith Rowe
“David Silva. I got to watch him a lot coming through the academy. Got to play with him too.”
“Didier Drogba. When I was young I was a striker.”
“Ronaldinho. I liked his happiness playing football.”
“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.
“Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo Nazario, Francesco Totti.”
Kevin De Bruyne
“When I was young it was Michael Owen. I can remember his goal in World Cup 1998 against Argentina.”
“Ronaldinho. Skills, dribbling.”
“Frank Lampard, Luka Modric, Xavi, Andres Iniesta.”
“I’ll probably say Zinedine Zidane or Lionel Messi.”
“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.”
“Henrik Larsson. Growing up as a Celtic fan, I think everyone’s answer is the same.”
“My footballing idol was Ronaldinho. I used to watch loads of YouTube videos of him. I still do before my games.”