Equatoguinean midfielder Pedro Obiang has revealed that he has tried to emulate French football legend Zinedine Zidane on the pitch.
The 26-year-old player, who has been on the books of English Premier League (EPL) side West Ham United since 2015, has made one appearance in the league this season.
Obiang was born in Spain’s capital city, Madrid to parents of Equatoguinean descent and he has since disclosed the people, who have had a big influence on his life.
The former Sampdoria star stated that his mother played an important role in helping him become a professional football when speaking to West Ham’s official website.
“The first hero I had in my football was my Mum, because when I was in difficult situations, she would try to help, even if she knew nothing about football,” Pedro said.
“Sometimes, it’s not the football itself that is the important thing, but rather having someone close to you who can give you the right words to keep you going.”
Obiang also disclosed that Zidane, who is of Algerian Kabyle descent, was his idol when growing up as a young footballer.
“Zinedine Zidane was my first football hero on the pitch,” the former Spain youth international said.
“He was a midfielder, maybe not a midfielder like me, but he made me and many other people in the world enjoy football with the way he played.
Zidane is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time having played as an attacking midfielder for French clubs Cannes, Bordeaux, Italian giants Juventus and Spainsh football powerhouse, Real Madrid.
“I tried every day to be like him when I was a child on the pitch and it was obviously not possible, but I did try to do things like he did them,” he concluded.
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