Super Eagles forward reveals admiration for Ronaldinho, Aguero and Vardy
Nigerian star, Kelechi Iheanacho revealed that while growing up on the streets of Owerri, his biggest football inspiration was Brazilian and Barcelona legend, Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, alias Ronaldinho Guacho.
Many consider Ronaldinho to be one of the best footballers of all time, having won two FIFA World Player of the Year awards and a Ballon d’Or throughout his twenty-year career, which included stints at PSG, Barcelona, and AC Milan, among others.
The 2002 FIFA World Cup winner was known for his technical abilities, creativity, and dribbling prowess, as well as his use of tricks, feints, no-look passes, and overhead kicks, which garnered him fans from all over the world.Embed from Getty Images
Iheanacho has also admitted to falling in love with the AC Milan legend.
“Growing up I loved Ronaldinho,” Iheanacho told FIFA.com
“I loved his style of play, confidence, and way he loved football. The way he dribbled, the way he played passes, his touches. He is one of the greatest players of all time.”
In addition to Ronaldinho, Iheanacho says he admires Argentine striker ,Kun Aguero and English forward, Jamie Vardy.
Iheanacho was a teammate of Aguero’s when the Nigerian transferred to Manchester City after winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2013. The 25-year-old has now moved to Leicester City, where he has primarily served as Vardy’s understudy.
“They (Aguero and Vardy) are two legends,” Iheanacho said.Embed from Getty Images
“It was a really big pleasure to play alongside Kun. He’s a legend and I learnt a lot from him.
“And ‘Vards’ is another legend. He’s one of the best finishers you will see and I’ve learnt a lot from him too.”Embed from Getty Images
Iheanacho has 66 goals and 36 assists in 224 games for Manchester City and Leicester City senior sides.
In 37 appearances for the Super Eagles, the Taye Academy graduate has ten goals.
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