The Frenchman has followed in the footsteps of those iconic countrymen by becoming a senior international with Les Bleus.
He has also seen his club career lead him to the English capital, with a big-money move from Newcastle to Spurs completed in 2016.
Sissoko has overcome a difficult opening to his time in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans to become an important figure in the 2018-19 campaign.
His next outing could see him put a dent in the top-four ambitions of a club he once followed closely, with the 29-year-old looking to become a Vieira-esque presence in his own right.
Sissoko told the Daily Mail of his footballing heroes: “My first impressions of English football were the Arsenal team under Arsene Wenger.
“All the French players were there - Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira. My idol was Vieira. In the playground, I was Vieira.
“That is why I wanted to play in England. I was the same position, we have a similar style. He was a complete idol. It's why, when I had the chance to come to Newcastle, I didn't think twice. Now I am at a massive club in Tottenham.”
Sissoko initially struggled to make his mark with Spurs, with a dip in form seeing questions asked of his ability to justify the £30 million ($40m) invested in him.
He has, however, fended off regular rounds of transfer talk to become an unsung hero for Tottenham in the middle of the park.
“I knew I could be a success here,” added Sissoko.
“I was unlucky in that I signed on the final day of the transfer window, so I did not have pre-season with the squad. I did not know the players very well. Everything was new. The level was bigger than my previous teams.
“It is normal to take time but they paid a lot of money for you, so they want results straight away. I wanted to play more. I used to play every game at Newcastle and Toulouse. I had to be really strong in the mind. Sometimes you have bad moments.
“I was left out of the World Cup last summer. It was hard. I was in touch with the players, supporting them. I watched it in London with my missus. I so wanted to be there.
“I just kept saying in my mind, ‘Keep working and I know it will be a success’. I listened to the manager Mauricio Pochettino. I am so happy I did not give up. It is never too late.”