You know you’re doing the right things when you happen to inspire a colleague. That is exactly what Lucas Moura has said Lionel Messi is to him.
The PSG attacker has said he wishes to emulate four-time ballon d’or winner, Lionel Messi and be a force to reckon with on the pitch.
The Brazilian admitted he watches Messi a lot, so as to learn from him and he is certain PSG can do better in the UCL.
“He is the best player in the world. He can make the difference because of his speed and dribbling,” the winger, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Monday, told L’Equipe.
“I like that, because being quick with the ball is my principle strength. It’s important for me to watch other players with these characteristics.”
But it is not only Messi who Lucas draws inspiration from, in training he looks up to a number of players, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“When you work with guys like him, like Thiago Motta, Thiago Silva… these great players help me. I always listen to these boys who have more experience. It will make me better,” he added.
“To become the best player in the world is the dream of everyone, and I believe in myself.”
Lucas, who arrived in Paris from Sao Paulo for a fee of €45 million in January 2012, also believes his club can thrive in the Champions League and will be one of the contenders to win it next season.
“We had enormous success last season,” he stressed. “We only missed the Champions League. And why should we not win it? We can dream this year and make it our target.”