You’re a young Spanish footballer who has grown up watching the best generation of players your country has ever produced.
It would probably be difficult to choose a childhood hero.
Understandable. There are so many to admire as you go through your formative years.
The categories might come down to who excels in your position, the best Spanish player, the captain, the nation’s sweetheart?
No. Not for Alberto Moreno.
The 25-year-old’s childhood hero is rather left field, in fact so far left field it is basically a different pitch.
Moreno told The Guardian that the player he most wanted to replicate when he grew up was, drum roll please… Jesus Navas.
Hm, not sure about that one.
OK, there are a few links and possible reasons.
Both players came through the Sevilla academy, they’re both Spanish and they both consider themselves wingers who have played as wing backs.
Navas is a Sevilla legend to be fair, making 285 appearances for the club in a 10-year stint between 2003-2013.
The winger had a mixed transfer to Man City. He spent four years at the Etihad but never really won over the fans due to a terrible end product.
We seem to have struck upon another similarity here.
While Moreno has shown promise at Liverpool the fans are not convinced his quality in the final third warrants him a place in the team.
Navas does seem a strange choice when the crop of Spanish players Moreno grew up watching includes; Fernando Torres, Joan Capdevila, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, David Villa, Alvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Carlos Puyol… need I carry on?
Each to their own, Alberto. Each to their own.