Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers names his footballing idol

Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) /
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Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) /

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers was recently asked to name his footballing idol, and his answer was an interesting one.

The football world exhaled a collective sigh of disbelief and sadness as the news of Argentina legend Diego Maradona’s death was announced early in the last week. And the legendarily skilled player had an unlikely superfan in Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers.

Even former-professionals whose careers were negatively impacted or affected by the attacker’s life or intense play, such as ex-Fox Gary Lineker, paid emotional and respectful tributes to the late Boca Juniors favourite.

Lineker’s England team were on the receiving end of genius and unsportsmanlike behaviour as Maradona stormed to the World Cup final – eventually lifting the famous trophy – with some Three Lions members of the era still bitter about ‘DM10’s’ “cheating”.

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An unlikely fan in Leicester City boss

While speaking ahead of Leicester’s recent 3-3 draw in Portugal with Braga, the King Power side’s gaffer named Maradona as his footballing idol whilst growing up.

"“Something came through in the hotel just before we were leaving. It’s a great shock. You reflect on him and his career.“He was an idol of mine, what an immense talent he was. 60 years nowadays feel so young. Everyone around the world, the outpouring of emotion will be huge.”Via Leicestershire Live"

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On a side note, I’m just wondering if you agree with me in the view that George Best should be involved in any discussion about the best ever players in the game? The relevancy is because of Sky Sports’ poll directly after the Argentine’s death. In which, Best was disregarded from the four – a strange number to choose – selections. They included, justifiably, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele and Maradona. I’m sure Manchester United supporters will agree, anyway!