Tottenham legend makes strange claim that kung-fu movies influenced his football

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Tottenham Hotspur have had some characters down the years, especially in the goalscoring positions, and Dimitar Berbatov certainly ranks high among the most memorable.

The Bulgarian magician was known for his silky touch, skills, and incredible goals in a Lilywhites shirt before he made a move from North London to the red of Manchester.

However, Dimitar has not forgotten his Spurs roots, as he was back at White Hart Lane to play in the legends game this year, as well as being a half-time guest in the dreadful 7-2 encounter with Bayern Munich.

Now retired from football, Berba has been talking about his career with Soccer AM, and made a rather strange claim about his footballing inspirations.

The former forward says that he was a big admirer of kung-fu movies and based his footballing style around these martial arts moves and the idea of slow-motion.

He said (Soccer AM 05/10/19 at 10:30 AM as quoted by Football London): “As a kid, I used to go outside where I lived and throw the ball in the air and tried to stop it with my feet. You develop that touch over the years.

“I was a big admirer of movies and especially kung-fu movies. I based my football around kung-fu moves. You always have someone who is going crazy in those movies and someone who is doing slow movements. The one with the correct movements destroys the other guy.

“I would always try to do the correct movements on the football pitch and when the ball was coming to me, I could just slow the ball down with my mind when it came to me.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

I can certainly see what he means by this. Berba’s touches, much like Zlatan, always did look very martial arts-esque. If only Spurs could have a prime Berbatov in their team at the minute.

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