Most aspiring footballers will spend hours watching footage of current and former greats of the game.
But what about those aspiring footballers who went on to become professional stars? Do they still take the time to study great players who play in the same position?
One star who does exactly that is the Everton and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku.
The 23-year-old, who is one of the Premier League’s best forwards, conducted a fascinating interview with Thierry Henry - Belgium’s assistant coach and Sky Sports pundit - ahead of this evening’s clash between Everton and Crystal Palace.
During the interview, Lukaku reeled off the names of six strikers he watches on his computer for hours on end.
Lukaku reveals the 6 strikers he studies
“I live, eat, breathe football 24/7,” Lukaku told Henry. “I have a lot of clips of different types of strikers on my computer, and I spend hours and hours and hours watching it.
“You [Henry], Ronaldo, [Nicolas] Anelka, [Didier] Drogba, [Samuel] Eto’o, [Fernando] Torres, and I try and learn what the strongest points were from you guys and where I can pick a little bit and put it [into practice] in training.”
Lukaku has previously spoken of his admiration for the Brazilian Ronaldo, so it’s safe to assume the former Chelsea striker was speaking about the retired World Cup winner rather than Cristiano.
“It’s the love for the game. I love watching football, I love to study other players and I love to work hard and improve myself,” Lukaku continued.
“I think if you have that inside of you, the rest comes naturally. It becomes easy to learn something different.”
Henry was very impressed with Lukaku’s comments and added: “It’s very refreshing to see how bright you are.”
Lukaku confident he'll win Golden Boot award
In the interview, Lukaku also revealed that he’s in no doubt he’ll win the Premier League’s Golden Boot award at some point over the next few years.
The Belgian netted 18 league goals in 37 matches last term.
In four league appearances under Ronald Koeman this season, Lukaku has found the back of the net four times.
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