Raheem Sterling wanted to emulate Ronaldinho

Liverpool's English midfielder Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on August 17, 2014
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Liverpool teenager Raheem Sterling reveals that he grew up trying to emulate Brazil's World Cup winner Ronaldinho.

Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling has revealed that he grew up wanting to emulate Brazil legend Ronaldinho.

Ronaldinho was an integral part of the Barcelona side that won the Champions League back in 2006, and the World Cup winner has been voted World Player of the Year twice during his glittering career.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, the 19-year-old said that he idolised the ex-Barca star during his formative years.

"I wanted to be someone like Ronaldinho," he said. "Look at the amazing skills he had and how easy he made it look to beat opponents and create and score goals.

"He was someone I always looked up to how he was on the field. He was just someone I tried to be like, yes."

The 34-year-old Ronaldinho currently plays for Queretaro in Mexico.

Raheem Sterling of England shoots past Stephan Lichtsteiner (2) and Valon Behrami of Switzerland (11) during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E qualifying match between Switzerland and England at St Jakob-Park on September 8, 2014
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