Kai Havertz tweeted showcasing Ronaldinho’s number 10 Barcelona jersey in his Chelsea locker room. He captioned the tweet as “Ronaldinho!” honoring the great Brazillian.
The playmaker for Germany’s national team once looked up to a mysterious Brazilian great, but he says he is not of the same mold. Although the Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho’s exploits have inspired Kai Havertz, the Chelsea playmaker swears he won’t be copying the Barcelona great by turning into a show pony.
A legendary South American striker previously dominated the world game, winning two World Player of the Year titles while playing for Camp Nou. The delight Ronaldinho brought to those watching from the fans was contagious as he played with a smile on his face.
Kai Havertz has grown up idolising Ronaldinho:
Few could match his ingenuity while operating at the pinnacle of their abilities, making him unplayable at his best. Germany international Havertz belongs to the talent generation that grew up yearning to be like the World Cup champion.
The 21-year-old is nonetheless conscious that, with his game being much different from those he desired to be like, he needs to give much more than flicks and tricks while stepping out for club and country.
Havertz said of Cristiano Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi in Three’s ‘Connect With’ series: “I watch them. They’ve always been my idols. Ronaldinho was a player that I loved to watch in the past. I loved to watch him, but I’m not like him. I don’t skill too much, only in situations where I need it.
“When you go on social media, you always see many videos and skills, and I try to do them sometimes in games or sometimes in training.”
Kai Havertz is currently holidaying and preparing for the new season to start with the Blues. He will be looking to be at his very best for Chelsea and Germany in the FIFA World cup.