Liverpool star Sterling reveals his footballing idol as a child

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Raheem Sterling says he looked up to Ronaldinho as a kid.

Raheem Sterling looks like being on the cusp of an exceptional season for Liverpool and England this term after a fantastic start to the campaign.

He has also shown a positional dexterity not before expected of the England international. He has shone in an attacking midfield role, playing at the top of a diamond for both club and country.

And this morning it was revealed that one of the best attacking midfielders in recent memoery was his idol growing up.

Ronaldinho was a sensation during the middle of the last decade. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005 - when a young Sterling was just 10-years-old.

So he really did grow up watching Ronaldinho in his prime and he told Soccer AM that he looked up to the Brazilian legend as a kid:

"Someone like Ronaldinho [I emulated] who with the amazing skills that he had and how easily he could beat opponents and create and score goals.

"So he was someone I really looked up to and I always tried to go out on the field, whether it was just messing with friends trying to do some stepovers or something we would just try to be like him."

Like Ronaldinho Sterling can play from wide or through the central and is a demon with the ball at his feet. he has previously stated that Cristiano Ronaldo was also his idol as a youngster, and if he continues to try and fill that mould - Liverpool fans have a superstar in the making.

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