Man Utd's Angel Gomes names Iniesta amongst others as his childhood hero.

Updated: Jun 2

Spanish icon Iniesta is the player Angel Gomes tries to emulate while he is on the pitch.

Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Aon Training Complex. [Getty]

Manchester United midfield prodigy Angel Gomes says Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta amongst others was his childhood hero.

Iniesta, who won an incredible 32 major trophies with the LaLiga giants, is currently plying his trade for Vissel Kobe in Japan after his glorious spell at the Camp Nou.

However, Gomes, 19, says the former Spain international has always been the player in world football he always looked up to when he was learning the game.

“In terms of who I model parts of my game on, I’d say [Andres] Iniesta. He was always one of my idols,” Gomes, who has made six first-team appearances for United this season told United's official website.

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“[He was] a big player I watched while growing up. [He played] in similar positions as me and I’ve always tried modelling my game on Iniesta.

“In terms of footballers when I was young it was always Ronaldinho, the Brazilian players, Robinho [plus Portuguese] Cristiano Ronaldo at the time.

“I remember the Joga Bonito stuff with the freestyling and stuff like that. As a youngster, all you wanted to do was practice skills, so I’d say players like Ronaldo [were my inspiration].

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“I had an uncle, we used to go to his house. We’d sit and watch videos and he was quite old-school, so he’d show me players like [Diego] Maradona [and Juan Roman] Riquelme. I watched Thierry Henry growing up as well.

“Then obviously, when I was growing up at United, Nani had a big influence on me and when I was around eight years old, when I used to go and watch, it was that time when we had a great season and [we had Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Carlos] Tevez.

“All those players inspired me when I was growing up.”

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