Newly acquired Harmabby forward, Akinkunmi Amoo has said openly that he looks up to Barcelona’s talisman Lionel Messi.

The 2019 U17 flying eagles member recently ended speculation about his future, with Swedish Allsvenskan side Hammarby confirming on Monday that he put pen to paper on a four-year deal.

Swedish newspaper Expressen reported that he chose Barcelona’s Argentine star as the player he looks up to : “I usually hear that I play as Leo Messi, so I am sometimes called ‘Little Messi’. That is my role model.”

Akin revealed that he rejected possible moves to several European clubs, including french giants Monaco and Italian Serie A side AC Milan, before agreeing terms with Hammarby.

“To be completely honest, I’ve only had Hammarby in my mind. I have seen myself in the club since the first day and felt a great joy during my visits to Sweden.

“I have been given the opportunity to see the training facilities and the arena, it is important to have the opportunity to see things in place.

-“But the interest has been great around me. My agent said there was an interest from Monaco in Ligue 1, but I declined. I said, ‘I love Hammarby, let’s solve it’.

“There was also an interest from AC Milan, they were in contact with Sidos, but I told the coach, the sports manager and the president that I wanted to choose Hammarby,” Amoo explained.

The 18-year-old Amoo is looking forward to win the Allsvenskan in his first season with Hammarby and help the swedish side get a UEFA Champions League spot.