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Chelsea star Kai Havertz reveals his big football inspiration – and it isn’t Lionel Messi

Chelsea forward Kai Havertz takes his footballing inspiration from a few players but has revealed that one South American legend has had the biggest influence on him.

No, it’s not Lionel Messi, though Havertz is a huge fan of the Argentine, but Brazilian icon Ronaldinho who the German star has looked up to the most.

Roandlinho had a glittering career in Europe with Paris St Germain and Barcelona having made the move from South America having begun his career with Gremio in Brazil.

He joined PSG in 2002 for £5million and went on to become a household name, securing his big move to the Catalan giants in 2004 as Barca outbid Manchester United to secure the midfielder’s signature.

Ronaldinho won the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice during his stay in Catalonia and also picked up the Ballon D’Or in 2005. He also won the Champions League in 2005 which was Barca’s first in fourteen years.

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His career somewhat petered out after leaving the Nou Camp for AC Milan in 2008 and he played for a few clubs in his homeland before announcing his retirement from football in January 2018.

His career left a big mark on wonderkid Havertz, who joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer and is now settling into life in the Premier League.

Havertz is only at the start of his career and will have to go some to match Ronaldinho’s achievements but time is certainly on his side.

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