Armando Broja reveals father Ronaldo Nazario’s inspiration behind Chelsea’s emotional first goal

Speaking after his strike in the 3-0 Premier League win on Saturday, the 21-year-old spoke of the emotion behind the goal in front of his parents at Stamford Bridge.

“Today is my father’s birthday,” Broja said. “It was a very nice gift for him.

“It was especially difficult for my parents. They always tried to give me a better life, an easier life for me and my two sisters. Thank you very much to them for helping me throughout my journey.

“They come to every game as much as they can – I don’t think they missed a game. I was happy to be able to score for them today.

It’s been a long journey to the Blues first team for Broja, who joined Chelsea after playing well against them while in Tottenham colors after he was originally spotted playing football at Slough .

It was in the town of Berkshire where he lived in a small apartment with his ethnic Albanian parents and siblings. His swimming pool engineer father, Xhevahir, spent his childhood stimulating Broja by showing him videos of legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo Nazario.

“He was my dad’s favorite player, he’s still my dad’s favorite player,” he added. “He loved him, watched him all the time and always wanted me to play as R9.

“He would always show me clips on YouTube and we would sit and watch games of him. He loved her and that’s where I got my love for him.

“I watched a lot of his games and I try to get little things and stuff he did. My father played a big role in bringing me here.

Ronaldo is a legend for many clubs, including AC Milan, who are Chelsea’s next opponents at their iconic San Siro stadium. After beating Milan 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in midweek, the Blues will be confident of doing it again.

Albanian international Broja hopes to return to the field on Tuesday evening.

“It’s unbelievable. Life goes very fast. Sometimes you don’t have that much time to stop and think about what’s going on as games go by,” he added.

It will always be a challenge for Broja to team up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling likely to start after being rested against Wolves. Still, he isn’t concerned about the competition at Chelsea and prefers to see it as a positive.

“As a young player you know you thrive in situations like this,” he continued. “You want to be in a position like this at a club as massive as Chelsea surrounded by incredible players, so you want to learn from them in such a great environment.

It’s a good competition, so I’m grateful to have come and scored.

“I think it was good that they came in. It gives competition at such an amazing club and you need that. To be at the top level, you don’t have to have it easy all the time.

“Aubameyang’s arrival has been amazing so far. I’m learning a lot from him in training and games. It’s a good competition so I’m grateful to have come and scored.

Chelsea boss Graham Potter has reassured Broja of his role in the squad since replacing Thomas Tuchel last month.

Broja added: “He said to me, ‘Just keep working hard, keep your head down, opportunities will come when you work hard. When you come onto the pitch for little cameos, give your all. And more opportunities will arise.

“He’s a great manager. It’s good to work with him and the rest of the players.


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