Like many of today's current footballers, they grew up admiring and wishing to be Zinedine Zidane.
Piotr Zielinski is no different, but now with the great Frenchman long retired, he admits he has different idols.
"Idols? Zidane was (as) a kid, but now the references are Nasri, Cazorla and Ozil."
For those unfamiliar with Zielinski, he is a 19-year-old Polish whizkid who made his breakthrough into the Udinese first team earlier this season.
An attacking midfielder, he ended the season with nine appearances to his name, creating two goals in the process.
He was called into the Polish international team in June, coming on as a substitute in a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Moldova.
Just earlier this week he scored this 'extraordinary strike' - as it was described in Italy - in a friendly for Udinese against FC Baku.
He is a real gem of a player and one to watch going into next season, where he is expected to play a prominent role for Udinese in their Serie A campaign.
We watch Santi Cazorla week in week out, along with Samir Nasri, and have done for a number of seasons. But it remains fascinating to have a young player call them out as the world's best in their positions.
Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid is the other name he mentioned, and one both Nasri and Cazorla would proudly be mentioned in the same breath as.
Nasri had a particularly disappointing season in 2012/13, especially compared with Cazorla, who ultimately replaced him as the creative fulcrum in the Arsenal team a year after his departure.
So next season really will be a challenge for the Frenchman to recover his previous level and show that he deserves to be held in the same light as Mesut Ozil.
As for Zielinski, the young Pole's contract is currently due to expire in 2014. Who knows, he could be snapped up as an investment by either side and yet end up playing alongside one of his idols in the Premier League.
Watch more of him in action below...
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