Manchester United youngster Shola Shoretire said he is trying to play in a similar style as Ronaldinho and Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.
The 17-year-old disclosed that his admiration for the Barcelona legends started at a tender age. Ronaldinho was renowned for his creativity and tricks during his career while Messi is a six-time Ballon d’Or winner who has helped the Blaugrana dominate Spanish football and Europe over the years.
“I was very young when I was in Newcastle.But the people that I looked up to were my favourite players, Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho,” Shoretire told the club’s website.
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“I think I have tried to make my game like theirs, quite technical and a good all-round player.
“But then I think, playing for Newcastle, a bit before my time, but Alan Shearer.
“He is the legend up there in Newcastle for what he’s done for the club. Hearing his stories and the history of the club, that is what got me into playing football in Newcastle.”
Shoretire made his Premier League debut as an 89th-minute substitute for Marcus Rashford in United’s 3-1 victory over Newcastle United on February 21.
“It was an unbelievable feeling. Sitting on the bench and just being part of the squad,” he said.
“Then when I was called to come onto the pitch, nothing going through my head. I didn’t know what to think.
“To get my first game against Newcastle, it meant a lot to me because of the journey I have had from Newcastle to Manchester. To be playing against them was really good.”
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