Juventus forward Moise Kean has named Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba and Mario Balotelli as his three biggest football inspirations.
Kean broke into the Juventus first-team in the second half of last season. He finished on seven goals in 17 matches, with six of those being starts. Therefore, Italian fans are expecting great things from the 19-year-old.
Playing alongside Ronaldo, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala in Turin has bolstered Kean’s development even further.
It turns out, however, that the young Italian hasn’t asked even Ronaldo for any tips. Instead, he prefers to observe and learn.
“When we train, I try to observe all the things he [Ronaldo] does, from his attitude on the pitch to his desire to play, to train and to always be ready,” Kean told SoccerBible magazine.
“Training with great champions has benefits that you can’t underestimate. I’m not the type to (ask for advice), but I quietly observe and then I try to apply what I learned on the pitch.
“Didier Drogba was certainly an inspiration (growing up). I liked him a lot, he was one of my idols. I looked at how he moved and how he scored repeatedly. He was awesome.
“When I was younger I liked Mario Balotelli, especially during his time at Inter. Mario, too, has been an inspiration for me.”
The Italy international was close to leaving Juventus in January on loan before the club decided against it for the good of his development.
But regular starting opportunities next season for Kean appear remote for the strong competition he faces for a spot in the line-up. Therefore, the Italian press suggested Inter Milan could make a move for him in the summer.
“When I came to Juventus, I understood that things would change,” said Kean.
“Juventus helps you to grow and become a man in all the things you want to do. You learn lots of things without noticing.
“Technically I improved, but my ambition is to improve every day more and more. I’m aware of the fact that I wear a shirt that carries responsibilities, but it’s not a burden. I’m focused on my journey.
“I’m sure that at the moment there aren’t any other teams that can help me improve in the way Juventus can. I was born here, and I have almost always worn the black-and-white shirt.
“Obviously, I don’t know what the future holds, but what is sure is that I will always give my all.
Kean added: “I think we all know the biggest ambition: winning the Champions League. But what they teach you in Juventus is to always give your all in every challenge, whatever form that takes.”