Orlando Pirates midfielder, Menzi Masuku, looks up to the likes of Lionel Messi and former Bucs star Benedict Vilakazi and tries to emulate them when he plays.
The 22-year-old broke into the first team last season and has displayed his class on a number of occasions already, chipping in with some important goals for the Buccaneers.
Masuku showcased his talent last season when he netted a brace against SuperSport United in a 4-1 win for Pirates, with one of the goals winning the PSL Goal of the Year award.
“Scoring goals is something that I was taught when I was young. Coming from Jazzy Queen’s (Harold Legodi) academy, he taught me that when playing as an attacking midfielder it is very important to score goals. He always told me that I shouldn’t only concentrate on creating goals, but should also score goals.”
“I am a big fan of Lionel Messi and I look up to him. He also plays as an attacking midfielder and his goalscoring prowess is something out of this world. I always watch the games he plays and look at how he positions himself and do like-wise when I am playing.”
“Growing up, I also looked up to Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi. He was my role model and I really liked how he played. What I liked about him was that, as an attacking midfielder, he did not only create goals for his teammates but also scored important goals for Pirates,” Masuku said.
Do you think Masuku has what it takes to one day become a Bucs legend like Vilakazi?