Specifically, Bellingham said: “I admire the Birmingham players, the team that won the League Cup at Wembley (winning 2-1 against Arsenal in 2011). My idols are Seb Larsson, Craig Gardner and Lee Bowyer
When I understand football deeper, dad is the most important person. Later, my first role models were Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, simply because they played in England. And when you grow up, you start watching football. My dad has a fake Zinedine Zidane shirt.
He carries it everywhere, usually at home. One day, I asked him: ‘Here?’ He replied: ‘Go on YouTube and watch it.’ Since then, I probably haven’t been able to stop.”
Bellingham asserted: “Zidane is the role model I want to be. I was lucky to meet him in the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool (1-0, 2022). I was like a child, eyes wide open.
How humbling for someone who has achieved so much. And according to the players who have worked alongside him here, Zidane is a great coach. That is equally important.”
Tieu Lam | 04:59 November 4, 2023