1990 World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthäus was FC Bayern München centre-back Holger Badstuber's (l.) idol when the 25-year-old was growing up. "I used to have his shirt," he says. "His unbelievable dynamism and will impressed me." Find out here who some of the other current Bundesliga defenders used to look up to...
Hannover 96 star Marcelo was a long-time admirer of fellow Brazilian centre-backs Lucio (2nd r.) and Juan (r.), who teamed up at Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the beginning of the last decade. "They were always on top of their game in the Bundesliga," says the 27-year-old (© Imago)
Borussia Mönchengladbach right-back Julian Korb has Bayern's current captain as his role model. "Philipp Lahm is one of my footballing idols. He was probably the best right-back in the world, but he's also world class in other positions"
Eintracht Frankfurt left-back Bastian Oczipka was a huge admirer of former Leverkusen and Bayern left-sided specialist Ze Roberto. "I even got to meet him when I was a youth player at Bayer Leverkusen which was quite stunning," he recalls
Junior Diaz of 1. FSV Mainz 05 also had a soft spot for a Brazilian hero. "He used to play at the left of a back-four, and so did I. To me he used to be one of the most complete footballers in the world"
VfL Wolfsburg and Germany prodigy Robin Knoche, meanwhile, admits he was fascinated by former England Rio Ferdinand "because he is a centre-back who is comfortable with the ball at his feet but also physically strong"
Young TSG 1899 Hoffenheim centre-back Niklas Süle names 2014 World Cup winners Jerome Boateng (Bayern, r.) and Mats Hummels (Dortmund) as his footballing idols, saying: "There's a lot you can learn when watching them"
1. FC Köln's defender Kevin Wimmer also has a Bayern star as his role model. "Dante's my idol because he's also left-footed, and he's very cool and mature on the pitch," says the Austrian
Interestingly enough, FC Schalke 04 centre-back Joel Matip admits he's "never had a defender as an idol. I used to enjoy watching Zinedine Zidane. Admittedly I've never quite had his technically ability, which is why I'm playing further back on the pitch"