Chelsea midfielder Willian says he draws inspiration from Ronaldinho.
Willian has been an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s side this season and is starting to show just why the Blues forked out so much to bring him to London.
And Willian has admitted he is proud of his Brazilian football style, claiming he can be the clubs answer to Ronaldinho.
Speaking to the club’s website, Willian said: “I’ve always had the speed, the acceleration and the desire to try to dribble with the ball quickly. Every since I was young that’s been my sort of game.
“However, when I was growing up I learned that there are different parts of a game – parts where you need to play with a fast tempo, to accelerate, to move the ball quickly; but also other parts when you need to pause the game, to keep control of the ball, to take your time in thinking about what you’re going to do.
“I think it’s something that comes from Brazilian players. Let me give you Ronaldinho as an example.
“Ronaldinho is one of my favourite players. He is somebody I have always looked up to. Sometimes when you watch him you see him dribble with the ball quickly, to use his acceleration and skill together to inject speed into a move.
“Other times you see he is very steady and calm with the ball. He slows it down, and then with a bit of magic he does something special. That sort of style is part of the Brazilian culture.”