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Dominik Szoboszlai’s dad ‘made him wear too small boots so he could play like Puskas’
Dominik Szoboszlai's dad 'made him wear too small boots so he could play like Puskas',Dominik Szoboszlai has size seven feet despite standing at over 6ft tall - and it might have been down to a plan devised by the Hungary international's father

Dominik Szoboszlai’s dad ‘made him wear too small boots so he could play like Puskas’

Dominik Szoboszlai's father dreamed of his son becoming the next Ferenc Puskas – and went to extreme measures in order to guide him to superstardom.

Szoboszlai, who joined Liverpool from RB Leipzig for a deal worth in the region of £60million, captains the Hungary national side and already has 32 appearances to his name at the age of just 22.

The dynamic midfielder's influence has been likened to that of Puskas, the greatest Hungarian player in history who scored 84 times across his 85 caps between 1945 and 1956.

It has now been reported Szoboszlai's father wanted him to be nimble despite his eventual 6ft 1in frame – making him wear smaller boots to limit foot growth to a size seven.

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"It’s a tip, a football hack, shall we say," The Athletic quoted a source as saying when talking about his father Zsolt's plan.

"Because if you have big feet, you can’t shoot the ball perfectly unless you are a player like (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic.

"To shoot the ball properly, you have to have long legs and smaller feet, and that’s why Dominik’s father was strict with him when he was younger. Just look at him now."

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PADERBORN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 01: Dominik Szoboszlai of Hungary 21 in action during the International friendly match between Germany U21 and Hungary U21 at the Benteler Arena on September 1, 2017 in Paderborn, Germany
Dominik Szoboszlai's father had a keen role in his development (Image: Getty Images)
Ferenc Puskas, captain of the 'Magic Magyars' Hungarian national team, in training at Craven Cottage, the Fulham FC ground, for an upcoming match at Wembley, 23rd November 1953.
Ferenc Puskas was captain of the 'Magic Magyars' Hungarian national team (Image: Getty Images)
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    "Obviously, he has no problem to adapt to everything in an instant, but there is still more to come and we are really pleased.

    "We are really pleased, from the first day since he was here he is full of energy. [He is] in the middle of the team already and, yes, it's good news."

    Next up for Liverpool is the visit of Aston Villa on Sunday, with Wolves and West Ham to follow.