Sheffield Wednesday: New boy reveals footballing hero

Fernando Forestieri

Fernando Forestieri

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Centre forward Fernando Forestieri has revealed who his footballing hero is ahead of Sheffield Wednesday’s trip to Burnley.

Argentinian by birth, Forestieri moved to Italy at the tender age of 16 and assumed Italian nationality.

But it is another player from South America who Forestieri idolises.

He said: “In Argentina, when you are young, the first one is Diego Maradona, that’s normal. Diego is at the top for every Argentinean.

“But for me, I like Ronaldo from Brazil, El Gordo, as he is a striker. He is cool and scored many goals and knows his number nine shirt. He drifted and put the ball past opponents. He is everything you need.”

Forestieri, brought in by Wednesday a fortnight ago from Watford for a fee believed to be in the region of £3m, watched on from the stands as Carlos Carvalhal’s side lost 3-1 at home to Middlesbrough.

“My dream one day is to see the stadium with 40,000 as now it is 20,000,” he said. “If we win games, maybe one day the stadium is full and I see that. Now I am excited to play and this is good.

“But I am very sad as we play two games away and I won’t know my supporters.”

All eyes will be on Forestieri when the Owls return to action this afternoon following a two-week international break.

He said: “I like playing behind the striker. I am excited to play as it’s been a long time and I know this league.

“The owner at Watford said there is no space there and my agent spoke with the head coach and he said he needed one player like me. I like the project from Sheffield and they want to do to the Premier League and I like to play with this project. We will see what happens.”

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