Nigerian Star Playing for Big EPL Giants Says Ronaldinho Was His Idol Before Switching to Ronaldo and Hazard

Nigerian Star Playing for Big EPL Giants Says Ronaldinho Was His Idol Before Switching to Ronaldo and Hazard

  • Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis says he used to admire Ronaldinho years back while growing up as a footballer
  • The Watford man added that he has now switched as Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard are his current two idols
  • Emmanuel Dennis has been impressive so far this season for Watford in the Premier League netting four goals

Emmanuel Dennis who currently plays as a striker for Premier League side Watford has explained that Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho was his idol while growing up.

The 24-year-old Nigerian footballer started his football career at Kwara Football Academy in Ilorin in 2008 under experienced administrator Kumbi Titiloye who also took Dennis to Football College Abuja.

Emmanuel Dennis
Emmanuel Dennis in action for Premier League side Watford. Photo by Matthew Ashton
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It was from the Football College in Abuja that Emmanuel Dennis moved to Europe and also shined at Club Brugge before moving to the Premier League.

When did Emmanuel Dennis join Watford?

Emmanuel Dennis joined Premier League side Watford before the start of the 2021 season and has played 11 topflight games so far netting four goals.

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According to the report on GOAL, Emmanuel Dennis explained that he used to adore Ronaldinho while growing up, but added that he looks forward now to Ronaldo and Eden Hazard.

Emmanuel Dennis' reaction

“Ronaldinho. He was really different and I used to watch him when I was growing up. I was really into him and his style of football.
“As I grew up I switched over to Ronaldo, Hazard – I just watch everybody because I’m a fan of football so I love very good football players. I’m a fan of every good football player so I watch every football player, even my teammates.''

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Dennis has played three games so far for the Super Eagles of Nigeria and could make the list for the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

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Earlier, had reported how the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced that the teams qualified for the World Cup playoffs will know their opponents on January 26.

Super Eagles of Nigeria sealed their spot in the final round of the qualifiers after seeing off Cape Verde following a 1-1 draw in Lagos, to top their group.

CAF held a general congress and reached a decision that the draws for the two-legged playoff matches will take place on January 26, 2022.

All ten group winners from the second round of the qualifiers will take on each other in a home and away tie and the five winners will emerge Africa’s representatives at the Mundial.