Well-known League of Legends player Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has spoken about the English Premier League footballer who was his idol.
The 25-year-old Swedish ADC player Rekkles recently moved to Karmine Corp (KC) in the French LFL – a tier below the LEC where he previously competed with G2 Esports.
As part of his job at KC, Rekkles has a jersey number – 8. But why that number and who inspired him?
In an interview with French LEC presenter Lauree Valee, Rekkles said: “When I was growing up and playing a lot of soccer, my idol was Steven Gerrard from Liverpool. This guy was my type! I loved everything, what he stood for, how he played, how he stood in front of the camera, he was very stoic.
“He felt so loyal and just had a good aura around him. That’s what I wanted to be – I still do – so when I played soccer I chose his number eight. “
Rekkles continued, “I didn’t have a number with me [esports] Jersey, not once so this was my first chance and I felt like it was a perfect opportunity to start over and do something different this time. It’s a perfect opportunity to bring young Martin back.
“I want to be a player again who has so much drive, energy and motivation to drive his team forward. I haven’t done this that often in the past few years and I feel like I can be that guy. I want to be Steven Gerrard for my team. Cabochard is the captain [for KC]but I want to be the other captain who brings the guys forward and has a good aura on the team. I really want to be that guy. “
Rekkles had a tough year. Rekkles moved from Fnatic to G2 in late 2021 with hopes of winning the World Cup, but G2 failed to qualify for the World Cup this year (Mad Lions won LEC titles in succession in 2021) and Rekkles was ousted from the organization so he could play in the lower LFL European Regional League (ERL) for 2022.
Rekkles also told Laure that he plans to stay with KC before returning to the LEC as a “more complete player and person”.
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Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University in 2007 with a 2: 1 degree in multi-media journalism.
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