PSG forward Neymar has hailed Manchester United legend David Beckham as the player he has modelled much of his career around.
Brazil international is undoubtedly one of the best players in world football, and just like Beckham, is often in the news for his lavish lifestyle off the pitch.
However, Neymar says he has been following former England international since his boyhood in Sao Paulo and subsequently became to study his game because of his footballing abilities.
I’m a big fan,” the PSG forward told Otro.
“I remember when I was younger I always followed all types of players, all the big players.
“I followed David because of the way he kicked the ball, because of the amazing passes he gave, because of his goals, because of his determination on the pitch. So, I always followed him.
“For the person he is, the football he played, I think everything came from David.”
Although the 28-year-old admits Beckham has influenced his approach to playing the game, he also believes the United legend is to thank for his own love for fashion.
I copied quite a few of his haircuts. Many, we model ourselves after him. I think he is one of the most stylish people in the world, so we need to copy him. We are not as handsome as him, but we try to copy him!
“I think we needed to have a pioneer, someone who was brave enough to do this. I think the courage David has is a symbol of this. I am also criticised for getting a different haircut, or for wearing a different outfit. I think the criticism never ends.
“But players like us, who are seen as a reference, like it or not, we are treated differently for wearing a more modern outfit. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it if it makes us feel good.
“So I thank David for being the pioneer, for opening the doors to the fashion world.”
Expect the rumour mills to start churning Neymar to Man Utd rumours soon, not that I mind though.