Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris names his five idols; three Manchester United legends feature

Hugo Lloris

Tottenham star Hugo Lloris used to watch three Manchester United players.

Lloris is considered one of the best goalkeepers in world football, and he has told PKFoot that there are five players he used to watch in an attempt to emulate them, with three Manchester United heroes featuring.

Lloris said: “I watched Peter Schmeichel, Fabien Barthez and Oliver Kahn play, and I always tried to capture an element of their game to integrate into mine. But I also watched the outfielders, Eric Cantona and, of course, Zinedine Zidane.”

To be a goalkeeper growing up in the 1990s, it is no surprise that Lloris was a keen fan of watching the likes of Schmeichel and Kahn, who are generally considered two of the best players of that era.

Barthez is not as lauded, but he still starred for Manchester United for four years, and won the World Cup and European Championship with Lloris' home country of France.

It is clear to see that Lloris has taken much of his game from all three influences, as he has the shot stopping and command of his box that Schmeichel and Kahn used to show, whilst his eccentricity appears to be channeled from Barthez.

Despite being a goalkeeper, Lloris has also admitted to watching another United legend, Eric Cantona, as well as French hero Zinedine Zidane. This also comes as no surprise, considering the influence they had upon French football in the 90s.

Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, and considered one of the best in the world, and he has still has to emulate his heroes on the domestic and international stage.

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