Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli’s list of fans includes a number of big names and there’s now a new one – Dani Alves.
The young Brazilian earned his first-ever international call-up recently. He has now played twice for Brazil and although he hasn’t been given a lot minutes yet, he has definitely managed to catch everyone’s eye.
Martinelli came off the bench against Chile and Bolivia, and the youngster almost scored a wonder goal against the latter last night.
Dani Alves sends Instagram message to Gabriel Martinelli
Alves is arguably the greatest right-back of our generation. He has won everything there is to win at club level and he’s a fantastic role model for young players like Martinelli to learn from.
The Arsenal man rubbed shoulders with Alves this week and it looks like the latter is in awe of his young compatriot now.
Alves posted a picture with Martinelli on Instagram with a message that reads: “Let’s go my Phenomeno!! So happy to have you by my side!!!”
The Arsenal man responded by saying: “Come on brother, a pleasure to play with you!”
Martinelli almost scored a Ronaldinho-esque girl last night
Martinelli came off the bench in the 56th minute in place of Philippe Coutinho yesterday, and he caused Bolivia’s defence a few problems.
However, the one moment that made everyone go ‘wow’ was when he drove into the box, pulled off an outrageous Ronaldinho-esque roulette and curled the ball towards the goal.
Sadly, his shot narrowly missed the top corner.
Watch Martinelli’s incredible but bit of skill below!