​Brazil and Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has said he is 'very thrilled' to inspire players such as Tottenham attacking midfielder Dele Alli.

Alli caught Ronaldinho's eye with a superb performance at Crystal Palace last season, during which he scored a terrific swivelling volley to help Spurs ease past the Eagles 3-1. 

Speaking to FourFourTwo, as quoted by ​Sports Witness, Ronaldinho said the strike was reminiscent of the goals he scored during his career at such esteemed clubs like Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG.


“I saw Dele Alli’s goal last year and it looked like a goal I would like to score, there’s no explanation for goals like that," the 36-year-old said.

"It’s very thrilling to inspire someone to such a great goal. I can barely put it all into words.”

Alli emerged as one of England's brightest prospects during the 2015-16 season, scoring 10 Premier League goals in 33 appearances and picking up the PFA Young Player of the Year award as Spurs finished third in the league.

The England international is seen as an integral part of Tottenham's team, despite being in just his second full season at White Hart Lane. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had to call upon the 20-year-old during the FA Cup tie against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday and Alli didn't disappoint, helping to haul the north London club back from 2-0 down to eventual 4-3 winners.

Alli has arguably improved on his debut season this campaign and currently has 13 goals in all competitions in just 29 appearances.