Santiago Ascacibar will soon be sharing a Bundesliga pitch with Arturo Vidal. - © © imago / Pressefoto Baumann
Santiago Ascacibar will soon be sharing a Bundesliga pitch with Arturo Vidal. - © © imago / Pressefoto Baumann
Bundesliga

Stuttgart new boy Santiago Ascacibar: the Vidal admirer with a Maradona tattoo

Stuttgart's new Argentine midfielder Santiago Ascacibar has described Bayern Munich counterpart Arturo Vidal as the defensive midfielder he most admires, with compatriot Diego Maradona his footballing idol.

The combative 20-year-old completed a transfer from Estudiantes to Stuttgart in late August, and makes his full Bundesliga debut against Wolfsburg on Saturday. Ascacibar may captain Argentina's Under-20 team, but it is a certain Chilean he holds as his inspiration.

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Ascacibar has a tattoo of the 1986 FIFA World Cup winner on his leg, and hopes to ink his own name in Argentina's football history when the competition rolls around again in Russia next summer.

Ascacibar shows off his Diego Maradona tattoo, which is on his right leg. - © imago

"Clearly, the World Cup in Russia is a goal," says Ascacibar, who has more than enough doggedness and determination to make up for his diminutive stature. "It must be my aim. Perhaps I can do it. My dedication and will to win are part of South American culture."

Stuttgart fans will be licking their lips already; Wolfsburg's might be feeling a tinge of nervousness...

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