Clermont talisman Adrian Grbic believes his god-given talent is the reason behind that ‘new Juninho’ nickname, speaking to Transfermarkt amid reported interest from Celtic and Rangers.
If you ask any goalkeeper on the planet which player they would not like to face from a dead-ball situation, a few might mention Lionel Messi, David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo. The overwhelming majority, however, would shiver at the prospect of seeing a Lyon legend line up a shot from anywhere outside the box.
Juninho, it seemed, could hit the target from any angle and any distance with his unique striking ability, which saw the ball spin and bounce wickedly in either direction, leaving many a shot-stopper grasping at thin air.
Grbic appears to be one of the few players in the game capable of replicating Juninho’s technique. And, according to TEAMtalk, Celtic and Rangers are competing to lure the Austria U21 international to Scotland after a 17-goal season in the French second tier.
But how is Grbic handling comparisons to one of the most iconic figures in France football? With supreme self-confidence.
“God blessed me with talent, so I see it as my duty to make something with this talent. Talent is no longer enough these days. You have to work to achieve what you want,” Grbic says.
“The fans go to the stadium to be entertained. So I try to entertain them.
“As a child, free kick specialists were the greatest inspiration for me. The elegance with which they placed the ball in the goal was impressive. A free kick goal will always be remembered.”
Clearly, this is a player who loves to hog the headlines for all the right reasons. If a move to Glasgow does materialize, there could be a new fan favourite fizzing those trademark long-range rockets towards goal.