When young kids dream or playing soccer on the grandest stage, they often think of superstars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, who now plays for the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer, sees a different player as a potential model for young soccer players.
Germany and Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller.
“Stepovers, tricks, that’s not the game,” said Henry, via Fox Sports. “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.”