MANCHESTER UNITED star Antony has revealed his three idols growing up including one of his current team-mates.
The Brazilian winger is known for his tricky playing style, but he learned it all from watching his three favourite players as a kid.Antony has named his three idols from when he was a youngster.[/caption] The third player is Antony’s current teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.[/caption]
The 22-year-old is still adapting to the Premier League since his £85.5million move to Old Trafford from Ajax in the summer.
However, he has caught the eye with some brilliant and at times unnecessary skill moves while on the pitch.
While still a child, Antony watched Ronaldinho, PSG’s Neymar, and current team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo on Youtube and tailored his game after them.
He told The Player’s Tribune: “I learned all the tricks from the legends. Ronaldinho, Neymar, Cristiano. I used to watch them on YouTube, thanks to my ‘uncle’ Toniolo.
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“He is not my blood uncle. He was our next-door neighbor. But he treated me like family.
“When I was little, he used to let me steal his WiFi so I could go on YouTube and get my football education.
“He even gave me my first video game. If Toniolo had two loaves of bread — it was one for him, the extra for us.
“This is what people don’t understand about the favela. For every one person doing bad, there’s two doing good.”
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He added: “I always say that I grew up in the wrong place, but with the right people. When I was eight years old, I was playing in the square when the first angel crossed my path.
“This older guy was watching me doing my tricks against the gangsters like a crazy b******.”