Gabriel Martinelli: Ronaldinho tips Arsenal star to follow Ronaldo de Lima's footsteps

Gabriel Martinelli: Ronaldinho tips Arsenal star to follow Ronaldo de Lima's footsteps

- Gabriel Martinelli is one of the brightest stars at Arsenal at the moment

- The 18-year-old has scored ten goals in 21 matches for the Gunners in his first year

- Barcelona legend Ronaldinho tips the Brazilian to follow the steps of Ronaldo de Lima

Barcelona legend Ronaldinho believes Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli can emulate the footsteps of Brazil legend Ronaldo.

The 18-year-old forward has scored ten goals in 21 appearances across competitions since he broke into the Gunners' first-team this season.

His solo goal against Chelsea in their 2-2 draw in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge earlier this month further showed the quality the attacker is made off.

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The forward started his run from about 70 yards and raced to the Blues danger zone without being caught and carefully placed the ball behind Kepa Arizzabalaga's net.

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Ronaldinho insisted his 2002 World Cup-winning team-mate has finally found his replacement after retiring from the game in 2011.

"We as Brazilians are very excited about him and his future. It is one thing to have the talent - but another at the age of 18 to have the confidence,' Ronaldinho told the Mirror.

"He reminds me of Ronaldo his first season in Europe he scored 30 goals and people were thinking: "who is this 18-year-old Brazilian kid?"

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"He wanted the ball, he would run at players, there was no fear no matter what players or team he was playing against - and I see that similar attitude in Martinelli.

"He just wants to be on the ball and score goals. Ronaldo went on to be the best player in the world - and that can also be the aim of Martinelli."

Super Eagles and former Man City superstar launches multi-million naira mansion in Lagos earlier reported that Gabriel Martinelli, sensational Arsenal teenager, has emerged a £50 million transfer target for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The 18-year-old attacker has been in stellar form for the Premier League side since bursting into Mikel Arteta's first-team squad.

He was handed a lovely start in Arsenal game against Sheffield United in place of suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who saw red in Crystal Palace tie.

And the Brazilian forward made his inclusion in the game counter after scoring his side's only goal of the game.

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