We all had footballing hero’s growing up. Each generation had usually had one in particular. For me, most of my friends ran around pretending to be Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo or Dennis Bergkamp. I however had a different hero - for me it was always Andrei Kanchelskis.
The former Manchester United and Everton winger dazzled me for some reason, and has remained a hero ever since.
So everybody has their own footballing hero growing up - someone to look up to and aspire to play the beautiful game like, and that person can quite literally be anyone.
But for Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, you don’t need to look far for his footballing hero.
The man Cazorla looked up to most was the current Swansea City boss, Michael Laudrup. The Dane played in Spain from 1989 to 1996 with Barcelona and Real Madrid - during which time Cazorla would have been 4-12 years-old, so you can understand why the Dane had such an impact on Cazorla when young:
"I had a great devotion for Michael Laudrup. He was an amazing player. I was able to learn from the things he did."
Laudrup is of course also in awe of Cazorla. Upon hearing he was out of the teams meeting at the end of September he stated:
‘’Fortunately Cazorla cannot play against us, but they are still very good in that area.”
So if these two ever got in the same room together, the purring would be on feline proportions.
Who knows, maybe one day they will work together?
Who was your football hero growing up?
image: © Ronnie Macdonald