Chelsea young striker Armando Broja idolizes Cristiano Ronaldo.
C helsea striker Armando Broja was delighted with his goal
in victory over Wolves.
It marked Broja’s first goal for Chelsea in the Premier
“Today is my dad’s birthday – it was a really good gift for
him,” Broja said with a smile after the victory. “The players
were really nice to me in the changing room and said nice
things. It was an amazing moment for me and my family.
My parents are probably buzzing somewhere around the
“It was difficult for my parents mostly, they always tried to
give me a better life, an easier life for me and for me and
my two sisters. Thanks to them so much for helping me
throughout my journey. They come to every game as much
as they can – I don’t think they have missed a game. I was
happy I could score today for them.”
The influence of Ronaldo, the Brazilian great, came from
Broja’s father Xhevahir. It was him who showed his son
videos of the forward dancing beyond challenges and
scoring breathtaking strikes.
“He was my dad’s favourite player, is still my dad’s favourite
player,” Broja explained. “He loved him, watched him all the
time, and always wanted me to play like R9. He always
showed me clips on YouTube and we would sit and watch
his games. He loved him and that’s where I got my love for
him. I watch a lot of his game and try to get little tricks and
stuff he did. My dad played a big role in getting me here.
“I think it was [a Ronaldo-esque finish],” Broja explained. “It
was a great ball from Kova which allowed me space in
behind then I could cut in on my right side and finish in the
bottom corner. I’ve been practicing my finishing a lot in
training with all the other strikers. I see them in training
every day and get a little stuff off them.”
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