Dimitri Payet explains why ex-Barcelona ace Ronaldinho is his footballing idol

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West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet was a big fan of Ronaldinho.

West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet explains how Ronaldinho’s ability to combine effectiveness with showmanship was a big reason behind the Brazilian becoming his idol, the Sun reports.

He said: “People say he enjoyed humiliating defenders but he was always efficient. The reason I’m a a fan of his is because he was able to put on a show while remaining effective and helping his team to win.

“I still try to treat football as a game even if there are now other considerations at stake, especially economic ones.

“I try to put on a show while being effective because the spectators come to be entertained by beautiful play.”

Payet has been a wonderful player for West Ham since joining the club from Marseille last summer, with a number of the club’s supporters comparing him with the eccentric Paolo di Canio.

While the two are arguably different types of players, they have similarities in styles and outright ability as Payet has demonstrated numerous times over the past ten months.

The former Nantes man has scored eight goals and added a further seven assists in 22 Premier Leagues matches this season, prompting pundits and observers alike to consider him a Player of the Year candidate.

But it is not just the goals and effectiveness in the final third which has had supporters on their feet, as similarly to Ronaldinho in his heyday, Payet is a bag of tricks who possesses superb ball control and ability.

The 28-year-old averages 2.5 successful take-ons and 3.7 key passes per league encounter - both tallies being up there with the very best in the Premier League this season.

From a personal standpoint it has been a superb debut campaign for Payet, and for the club there is still so much to play for as the Hammers face Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

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