Justin Kluivert: Ronaldinho was amazing - but I want to be like Ronaldo

The business class section of a plane cruising a few miles in the air somewhere between the Algarve and Amsterdam probably isn’t the setting you’d expect for a young footballer’s big break.

As Ajax’s squad relaxed on their flight home for a mid-season training camp in the south of Portugal last January, one of the younger members of the travelling party was beckoned to the vacant seat next to manager, Peter Bosz. This was the youngster’s first prolonged exposure to first-team training, and as such he was only just getting his head round the idea he was a pro.

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Arthur Renard has been writing for FourFourTwo since 2013, when Ronald Koeman hosted him for a Readers interview in a small room in stadium De Kuip. Two years later Arthur moved to London, where he still lives and from where he covers English football, while he has also been travelling the world to cover events like the World Cup and Copa America.