Ronaldinho Tips Martinelli for Brazil Call
Brazil legend Ronaldinho has tipped Arsenal’s 18-year old forward Gabriel Martinelli to win his first Brazil cap very soon.
Martinelli has taken England by storm this season with 10 goals since moving from Brazilian fourth division side Ituano in the summer.
“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 Daily 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?
“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 could also be the aim of Martinelli.
“I am sure that his first Brazil cap is very close – he is ready. Historically the national team has never been concerned with age.
“Ronaldo was playing for Brazil at 17 – and more recently Neymar and Jesus have played an important role when they were only teenagers.
“If you have the ability and the talent then you will get the chance – and the world can see that [Martinelli] has the talent.”