by Mark Bassey
Thierry Henry has advised upcoming footballers, to emulate Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller and not the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Muller was one of the stand-out players at the just concluded World Cup in Brazil, as Germany won the trophy after defeating Argentina in the final.
The Red Bulls striker, who will face Muller this week when his club plays Bayern, says the forward is the perfect role model in modern football.
“Stepovers, tricks, that’s not the game,” Henry told a press conference. “The game is what Thomas Muller is doing. If I had a son right now, playing, I would say to him ‘look at them, look at [Franck] Ribery, look at Muller.’
“What Ronaldo does, and Messi, they’re just freaks. Don’t try to copy those guys. You can copy from Ribery, you can copy from Thomas Muller.
“What he did at the World Cup, people don’t talk about it. They don’t talk about it, but they should talk about it. He plays the game the right way: he defends, he attacks, he controls the ball when he has to control it, he reverses when he has to reverse it. When he has to finish, he’ll finish.
“He doesn’t do stepovers, but when he has to perform, he performs. He does what the game asks him to do.”
Ifreke Inyang is a public commentator and social media critic who has worked with a number of high profile publications across the country.