Interview

Kolasinac I wanted to be like Roberto Carlos

Surging runs forward, an incredible will to win and that hammer of a left foot - three reasons Sead Kolasinac grew up idolising Roberto Carlos.

As a child, he would spend all of his free time playing football whenever he could, and would base his game on Carlos and one of the Brazilian's Real Madrid team-mates.

The October 2017 edition of the Arsenal Magazine is out now

The October 2017 edition of the Arsenal Magazine is out now

"Roberto Carlos and Zinedine Zidane are the two that really stayed in my head," Kolasinac told the Arsenal Magazine. "You don’t have to say much about those two, everyone knows them and as a child, they had a real influence on me. 

"I remember I used to try to take free-kicks like the one Roberto Carlos scored against France [at Le Tournoi in 1997]. 

"But what I trained more often was that Zidane trick, which I practised a lot on the pitch.  It's the roulette - I did it against Leicester. We always practised it.

"I still talk often with my friends about our childhood. Looking back, as soon as school finished, we’d go to the local pitch and play until our mothers would drag us away late at night."

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