Even the best players have heroes they look up to and Leo Messi is no different as he has revealed his own.
The Barcelona forward, widely regarded as the best player of his generation, has revealed that Ronaldo was one of his heroes – but not his Portuguese rival.
“Ronaldo was my hero,” Messi was quoted as saying in the latest edition of British football magazine FourFourTwo, referring to the Brazilian Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima, not Real Madrid’s Cristiano, with whom he is vying for the Ballon d’Or.
“I loved watching players like (Zinedine) Zidane, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo but Ronaldo was the best striker I’ve ever seen,” he added.
“He was so fast he could score from nothing, and could shoot the ball better than anyone I’ve ever seen.”