Tottenham Hotspur defender Juan Foyth says he idolised Kaka

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Juan Foyth has been discussing his idols.

Juan Marcos Foyth of Argentina drives the ball against Érick Gutiérrez during a friendly match between Argentina and Mexico at Mario Kempes Stadium on November 16, 2018 in Cordoba,...

Tottenham Hotspur defender Juan Foyth has been discussing his idols as a youngster.

The Argentine centre-back has stepped up his breakthrough into the Spurs first team this season, also winning international caps for his country.

 

Foyth said that two Brazilian players influenced his style, including one attacking midfielder.

He told ESPN: "I looked up to Rio Ferdinand very much. I used to like his physical strength.

"Another player I used to watch a lot was Lucio -- I paid attention to his style.

"When I was younger, Kaka was my idol because I played a bit more forward and he played in the same position."

Kaka #10 of Orlando City SC tries to move the ball past Nigel Reo-Coker #14 of the Montreal Impact during the MLS game at the Olympic Stadium on March 28, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada....

Foyth said that he only started playing as a centre-back at 16-years-old, when in Estudiantes' academy.

His decision to switch from midfield has proved a shrewd one, earning a move to Tottenham in 2017.

This season Foyth has made nine first team appearances for Tottenham, scoring once, a winner over Crystal Palace back in November.

Juan Foyth of Tottenham, with his face bandaged, shakes hands with referee Martin Atkinson during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Wembley Stadium on...

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