Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has named former Benfica star Luisao as the footballer who inspired him most while growing up.
The Swede shared a dressing room with the Brazilian center-back during his time with the Portuguese side between 2013 and 2017.
The Brazilian is the club's longest-serving captain and regarded as a legend at the club having featured for them for over 15 years.
“When great players like [Rio] Ferdinand and [Nemanja] Vidic play, you can really look at how they approach the game and what kind of decisions they,” said Victor as quoted by the club's website.
“There’s been a lot of great players that I’ve been able to watch growing up and at Benfica as well.
“I had the pleasure to play alongside Luisao, who’s a club legend there and played quite a lot of times for the Brazil national team.
“For me, when I was 20 or 21, to play alongside him was very important. He’s been very important from me in my career as a defender, because I learned a lot from him.
“If I had to pick one, I think I would say Luisao. I learned a lot from him when I was at Benfica.”
Lindelof has been with Man United for three years now, and seems to be enjoying life at Old Trafford after initial struggles.