Ronaldinho backs Arsenal sensation to emulate Brazil icon Ronaldo

first_imgBrazil legend, Ronaldinho believes that Martinelli has the potential to become the best player in the world after the 18-year-old’s sensational start with the Gunners Loading… Former World Cup star Ronaldinho says the Arsenal teenager has got all of the attributes to follow in the footsteps of ex-Brazil superstar Ronaldo. Ex-Inter Milan and Barcelona forward Ronaldo became one of the all-time greats during a glittering career and Ronaldinho can see similarities in 18-year-old Martinelli. Ronaldinho said: “We as Brazilians are very excited about him and his future. It is one thing to have the talent – but another at the age of 18 to have the confidence. “He reminds me of Ronaldo his first season in Europe he scored 30 goals and people were thinking: ‘who is this 18 year old Brazilian kid?’ “He wanted the ball, he would run at players, there was no fear no matter what players or team he was playing against – and I see that similar attitude in Martinelli. “He just wants to be on the ball and score goals. Ronaldo went on to be the best player in the world – and that can also be the aim of Martinelli.” Martinelli has already become the first Arsenal teenager to score ten goals in all competitions since Nicolas Anelka and goes into Monday’s FA Cup tie at Bournemouth having scored twice in his last two games. Arsenal plucked Martinelli from relative obscurity last summer when they signed him for just £7m and now Real Madrid are already keeping tabs and Ronaldinho believes a full Brazil senior cap is just around the corner. Ronaldinho added: “I am sure that his first Brazil cap is very close – he is ready. Historically the national team has never been concerned with age. Ronaldo was playing for Brazil at 17 – and more recently Neymar and Jesus have played an important role when they were only teenagers. “If you have the ability and the talent then you will get the chance – and the world can see that he (Martinelli) has the talent.” Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has insisted he is ready to stand by error-prone Shkodran Mustafi despite the Germany defender’s habit of making high profile howlers. Arteta wants to strengthen his defence with a move for Flamengo defender Pablo Mari but Mustafi could still feature at Bournemouth and praised the centre half’s attitude despite another costly mistake at Chelsea last week. Arteta added: “I’ve worked with players like this, I’ve had team-mates like this and there is always a moment where there is a click. “I can accept a mistake, no problem, what I’m not going to accept is someone who makes a mistake and after he stops playing, he doesn’t want the ball, he doesn’t want to make decisions. That player is not acceptable for our team. “But Musti after that he tried to play every single time, he went for every single challenge, he put his body on the line. “He was down afterwards, yes, but he reacted and if he does that, he will overcome the situation. I ask him to play the way we want to play, he made a mistake, on another day it will be someone else. Read Also:Ronaldinho names three players better than Lionel Messi “Obviously we want to minimise that as quickly as possible and find the reason why that happens, but I like his reaction after that.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole LifeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldMagnetic Floating Bed: All That Luxury For Mere $1.6 Mil?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Valuelast_img

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