Ted Lasso: Which Real Life Footballer Is Dani Rojas Based On?

Dani Rojas (Cristo Fernandez) is one of the most talented and popular players from Apple TV+s Ted Lasso, and he's inspired by a real life former Premier League footballer. Ted Lasso tells the story of the titular American football coach (played by Jason Sudeikis) who gets hired to manage a team in the English Premier League, despite his lack of knowledge and experience regarding football (soccer). Fans of the series and of the real life sport quickly drew some clear connections between aspects the show and the actual footballing world. The combative Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) is a play on Manchester United's Roy Keane, Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster) highlights aspects of many young football talents like Cristiano Ronaldo or Jack Grealish, and Lasso's club, AFC Richmond, compares directly to Crystal Palace, even filming most of the show in their stadium, Selhurst Park.

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