Nashville SC midfielder Hany Mukhtar has picked Kevin-Prince Boateng as one of the players who have been a role model to him.
Mukhtar who is German-born of Sudanese descent made the move to the United States from Danish Superliga side Brondby ahead of the Major League Soccer 2020 season.
The 25-year-old kickstarted his full professional career with Hertha Berlin before he made the move to Benfica, a loan spell with Skazburg and eventually Brondby.
"As a boy from Berlin at Hertha, I looked up to Kevin-Prince Boateng," Mukhtar told Goal and SPOX.
"His career is fascinating. Then a lot of people called me Prince in my youth. It became a kind of nickname. I used it on my profile on Facebook at the time and continued to use it on Instagram."
Mukhtar also spoke about the hashtag #teamdreambig on his Instagram profile and how he came making it his own.
"Yes, I came up with the #teamdreambig. And the biggest dream that can be realized is always the next one," he continued.
"Every day I try to take a big step forward in my development."
"As a little boy, I was always fascinated by the stars who could do something special with the ball. Like Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane. I loved watching them," Mukhtar said.
He has made two appearances for Nashville this season, play 90 minutes in matches against Atlanta United and Portland Timbers.
Mukhtar has been capped by Germany at youth level while he is eligible to play for Sudan through his father.