Ex-Gooner claims kids should be more like World Cup winner.
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has said that younger players should emulate the likes of ‘perfect role models’ Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller, rather than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the Daily Mail.
The Arsenal legend will line up against Muller and Ribery when an MLS All-Star side takes on Bayern Munich on Wednesday and took time to praise the club’s stars before branding Ronaldo and Messi as ‘freaks’.
He said: “Stepovers, tricks, that’s not the game. 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.”