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RB Leipzig’s Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha grew up idolising Ronaldinho and playing futsal, and has certainly brought the Samba flair to the Bundesliga.
Cunha’s outrageous solo effort against Bayer Leverkusen late last season was one of 10 nominees on the shortlist for the 2019 FIFA Puskas Award, given to the player deemed to have scored the finest goal of the calendar year.
The 20-year-old spun past compatriot Wendell with an eye-catching flick, before dinking the ball over Lukas Hradecky to net an effort that was later voted as Bundesliga Goal of the Month for April.
Speaking to bundesliga.com Cunha discusses learning his craft in Brazil, the influence Ralf Rangnick had on his first year at Leipzig and how Germany World Cup winner Lukas Podolski made him cry…
One of the questions was: Do you know how you scored it? Was it down to a lot of practice during training?
Cunha: “It’s difficult, so you always have to work a lot in training. I think we still have a little Brazilian instinct that allows us to do these different things. In Brazil, everyone jokes with me that it was a goal more from futsal and indoor football. The goal was definitely inspired by futsal because I used to play a lot of futsal and it’s the sport that I love the most. I even like it more than outdoor football. I think the goal came from a lot of training and some things that were already in my head.”
It is interesting to hear so many players state how Futsal growing up was their preferred sport and it shows you that once Futsal starts to attract the commercial interest the sport desires Futsal will rival Football for retaining players within the sport.
If you wish to read the rest of Cunha’s interview, click on this link: https://www.bundesliga.com/en/bundesliga/news/matheus-cunha-ronaldinho-favorite-player-futsal-not-football-rb-leipzig-brazil-8010
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