Scotland international midfielder Barry Bannan has conceded that Manchester United's Paul Scholes was his idol growing up.
Aston Villa starlet Bannan is seen as one for the future and having spent last season on loan with Blackpool, is now with Leeds United.
Bannan was a huge fan of United's team in the 90s and often studied hours of video of the likes of Scholes and David Beckham.
Even though 36-year-old Scholes is nearing the end of his illustrious career Bannan believes he remains one of the world's best.
"My dad used to get me DVDs of the Manchester United team when Scholes and Beckham were breaking through," he commented.
"The one that stands out the most was Paul Scholes. I look up to him and was lucky enough a couple of games ago to play against United for Villa and I got his top.
"That's a big thing for me because in my eyes he's probably the best player in the world.
"Even now, even though he's old, he's still one of the best in the league."
Bannan was handed his first Leeds start on Saturday against Sheffield United and he is keen to help the club win promotion.
"The only way I was going to get games every week was by coming to a club like Leeds," he continued.
"It would be great to go up again and automatic promotion is what we are looking at, but if it's the play-offs, we have the strength to do well.
"A lot of clubs could sneak into the play-off places but hopefully I can add to the squad and get Leeds promoted."