Ronaldinho likens Arsenal youngster to Brazil legend Ronaldo

Date published: Monday 27th January 2020 10:47

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Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho says Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli “reminds” him of Brazil legend Ronaldo.

Martinelli has become one of the shining lights of Arsenal’s entire season after joining last summer from Ituano.

The 18-year-old was not intended to make much of a first-team impact but has already scored ten goals in 21 appearances, including three in 566 Premier League minutes.

“We as Brazilians are very excited about him and his future. It is one thing to have the talent – but another at the age of 18 to have the confidence,” Ronaldinho told the Daily Mirror of Martinelli.

“He reminds me of Ronaldo his first season in Europe he scored 30 goals and people were thinking: ‘who is this 18 year old Brazilian kid?’

“He wanted the ball, he would run at players, there was no fear no matter what players or team he was playing against – and I see that similar attitude in Martinelli.

“He just wants to be on the ball and score goals. Ronaldo went on to be the best player in the world – and that can also be the aim of Martinelli.”


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