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Jadon Sancho hopes to emulate his ‘role model’ Ronaldinho

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Teenage star Jadon Sancho hopes to one day get the crowd raving over his performances in a similar way to that of Ronaldinho.

Since leaving Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in a reported £8m deal in 2017, Sancho has emerged as one of the most exciting young talents in European football.

So far this season, Sancho has registered an impressive seven goals and nine assists in 21 Bundesliga appearances to help Dortmund maintain their lead at the top of the table.

The 18-year-old’s fine form caught the eye of England coach Gareth Southgate, who handed him his senior debut last October at Croatia in a UEFA Nations League match.

Sancho normally operates down the wing and has entertained fans with his movement, pace and ball control that has enabled him to slip past defenders easily in Germany.

Now the teenager has revealed that former Brazil and Barcelona star Ronaldinho was the player he looked up to while learning his trade.

“I can’t really speak for everyone, I can only speak on my situation really. My situation was that I just wanted to play football,” Sancho told Goal and DAZN.

“I’ve always wanted to be a professional footballer, make people watch me and say, ‘Woah’. Like how I used to watch Ronaldinho and go, ‘Wow, I want to be like him one day’.

“Hopefully, I could get to that level one day and players will look up to me and say, ‘Wow’.

“My role model was Ronaldinho. The reason behind that is how he just beat people with ease and did things that no one else was doing at his time. That’s why it was him.”

Sancho also credits England team-mate Raheem Sterling, who he also played with at City, and Dortmund captain Marco Reus as he’s biggest football influences.

“There’re a lot of good players I’ve played with. Raheem Sterling will have to be one. Marco Reus is definitely one,” Sancho added.

“Him [Reus] and Sterling have had the biggest impact on my life. Reus, his case is that he’s helped me mature as a player, he can tell when I’m playing my game and when I’m not.

“Off the pitch as well, we have a lot of fun together, we talk a lot and chill together. That’s what’s so good about our relationship, on the pitch and off the pitch.”

Sancho, who delayed the Dortmund team’s trip to London by forgetting his passport on Tuesday, is expected to line-up in tonight’s first leg against Tottenham at Wembley in their last-16 Champions League clash.

Kick-off at Wembley will begin at 9:00 PM (CET).

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Jadon Sancho juggles the ball during a Borussia Dortmund training session at Wembley Stadium on February 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)