Chelsea in the middle behind Fikayo Tomori reveals that Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho were his idols who grew up
Chelsea in the center behind Fikayo Tomori reveals that Thierry Henry, Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane were his idols who grew up … before he claimed that he was “getting angry” when he was defended while at the club academy
- Young defender Fikayo Tomori enjoyed a breakthrough season in Chelsea
- Tomori has played this campaign 14 times for Chelsea in the Premier League
- But if he had done it his way when he was a child, he might not have become a defender
- He has revealed that his idols grew up were Thierry Henry, Ronaldinho and Co
Fikayo Tomori has admitted that he did not want to become a defender when he grew up revealing that Thierry Henry, Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane were his idols.
Tomori enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season under Frank Lampard in Chelsea, with 14 times in the Premier League and four appearances in the Champions League after a fine loan period with Derby last period.
However, it may have gone very differently for the 22-year-old, who admitted that he got upset when he was defending during his time at the Chelsea Academy.
Fikayo Tomori enjoyed a great breakthrough season in Chelsea under Frank Lampard
The Chelsea center has revealed that Thierry Henry was one of his idols who grew up
Like many other players, his football aspirations were pointed or midfielders who grew up.
“Thierry Henry, Ronaldinho – and I was playing just when my dad was crazy about it [Zinedine] Zidane – so Zidane was one of my players I grew up with, “said Tomori when he discussed his idols to Target.
“There were David Beckham, Michael Owen, and those kind of players, Wayne Rooney.”
Tomori hoped he would follow a path similar to his idols, but since then he has revealed that a chat with his father changed everything after being played at the end.
Former French star Zinedine Zidane was also a great inspiration for Tomori as a young person
“When I first moved to Chelsea with Under-9s, you had three months of defense, three months in midfield and three months in the attack,” he said. ‘They then measure where everyone is. I think it was when I was about 11 [when moved into defence] and before that I played midfielder or as an attacker.
‘At the time, nobody wanted to be a defender. I remember that the manager kept defending me and I was always upset. My father said, “Listen, I’m going to be honest with you, what your makeup is and how your football means you’re a defender.” So from there I just became a defender.
“John Terry became my idol. At that time he was the captain of England and the captain of Chelsea. He was probably the best defender in the world, so there was nobody better to look up to.
“He certainly and [Fabio] Cannavaro was around when Italy won the world cup. He won the Ballon d’Or. When I got older, I looked at Sergio Ramos, Virgil van Dijk and those are the first current names that pop up in my head. “
Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho was also a huge inspiration for the English youngster