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Super Eagles’ Abdullahi picks Zidane as his football hero

Nigeria and Bursaspor defender Shehu Abdullahi has revealed Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane as his all-time favourite footballer.

With football leagues in Turkey suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Super Eagles right-back chose to engage his fans on social media with a question and answer conversation on Tuesday night.

Abdullahi has been impressive in Bursaspor’s push for promotion to the Turkish Super Lig with four goals in 26 outings in the First League this term.

The 27-year-old plays a versatile role in the defence and in the midfield, and he has chosen the former France and Real Madrid midfielder as his inspiration, and he dreams of playing in the Spanish La Liga with Real Madrid before retiring.

Before taking up a managerial role at the Santiago Bernabeu, Zidane won several accolades as a player, helping France win the 1998 World Cup and he later won the Ballon d’Or that same year.

Following his breakthrough with Nigeria Professional Football League side Kano Pillars, Abdullahi has had a nomadic career across Kuwait, Portugal and Greece before joining the Green Crocodiles in January 2018.

 

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