Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski admits his idols growing up played in Serie A, Roberto Baggio and Alessandro Del Piero.
He will host Lazio this evening in the Champions League Round of 16, having won the first leg 4-1.
“I remember when I was six years old and there was only one idol for me: Roberto Baggio,” Lewandowski told SportBild when speaking to ex-Inter star Lothar Matthaus.
“After that, Alessandro Del Piero became my hero, I really admired him. Having said that, I was too young then to really understand his characteristics or style of play.
“As time went on, I was struck by the Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry. His movements, his runs into space, the goals and victories: those were the qualities I wanted to have. I wanted to imitate him in everything.”
When it comes to choosing the greatest of all time, Lewa again looks to those who have played in Italy.
“You cannot just pick one player, because players shape different eras. In the last 10-15 years, they were Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Before them, there was Ronaldo.
“There are always extraordinary talents who exude that joy of playing football. Champions are those players who make even the most difficult things look simple.”