Stephen Dunmoye

After comparing his playing style to Lionel Messi, Arsenal Portuguese midfielder, Fabio Vieira has said that the two biggest influences for him are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Vieira signed and joined Arsenal in the summer transfer window and has impressed when on the pitch this season, however, injuries have seen his playing minutes reduced.

The 22-year-old has likened his style of play to the Argentinian great but admits Ronaldo’s hard work and dedication has been an inspiration to him.

Vieira has only started once in the Premier League this season but proved his worth as he scored a screamer against Brentford.

Speaking to the club website, Vieira said, “The two biggest influences for me are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

“Ronaldo not because he is Portuguese, but he is really someone who really inspires others with his work ethic, how he had to leave his family and his comfort zone to sign for Sporting, and for him to build the career that he has built inspires everyone.

“Messi is more to do with my style of play. I am similar to Messi and I appreciate the way that he plays,” he added.

Vieira was in action for Arsenal who hammered Nottingham Forest 5-0 to return to the top in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta’s side will face fellow Londoners Chelsea this weekend.