USWNT and Man Utd star Heath reveals Ronaldinho inspiration26-Feb-2021, 10:45 pm
U.S. women's national team star Tobin Heath has said thatBrazil legend Ronaldinho was her biggest influence growing up.
The Manchester United winger is known for her audacious displays of skill, making her admiration for the former Barcelona star easy to understand.
“The player that I always say is Ronaldinho, that’s the player I looked up to," Heath toldThe Official Manchester United Podcast.
"For me, football was supposed to look and feel a certain way and he demonstrated that kind of feeling that I always wanted to have on the pitch and the way I wanted to entertain as well.
"I gravitated more to a South American style of football but I was also heavily influenced by the European game just because of where I’m from.”
The Brazilian came up with Gremio in his home country before shining with Paris Saint-Germain in his first European stop. But he truly reached his peak at club level with Barcelona, winning two Liga crowns, the Champions League, as well as the Ballon d'Or in 2005.
He went on to play for AC Milan and clubs in Brazil and Mexico before retiring in 2018.
Known for his flashy style and incredible skill on the ball, Ronaldinho also earned 97 caps for Brazil, playing in two World Cups and winning one in 2002.
After making a major impact in her first season with United, Heath suffered a seriousankle injury last month and appears set to be out until April at the earliest.
United have fallen slightly off the pace in the WSL title race and now sit in third place, six points behind table-topping Chelsea.
At international level, Heath will be fully focused on getting healthy in time for this summer's Olympics, with the USWNT looking to make up for their shock quarter-final exit at the hands of Sweden in 2016.
Source : goal.com
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