We don’t know Erik Lamela.
But we can say, with 100% certainty, what poster was on his wall growing up.
It wasn’t one of Diego Maradona. Neither was it Pablo Aimar. Not even River Plate legend Ariel Ortega.
Nope. A young Lamela grew up with a poster of an unknown foot rolling over a ball.
Honestly, it’s true. Don’t believe us? Just look at the amount of times he rolls his foot over the ball every game.
We’re not the only ones to notice it.
Lamela and a ball roll… name a better duo.
The 26-year-old is back up and running after missing more than a year of football with a hip injury.
He scored in Spurs’ 3-0 FA Cup win against Swansea which takes Mauricio Pochettino’s side to the semi-finals.
The goal featured just the two rolls of the foot, which is quite modest by Lamela’s standards.
In years to come we’ll talk about the Maradona turn, the Messi feint and the Lamela roll.
What do all three have in common?
They all grew up idolising Paul McShane. It’s the only way to explain the collective genius.
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