- Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has named Brazil legends, Ronaldo Nazario and Ronaldinho Gaúcho, as his idols in football
- The Portugal captain said that he grew up watching Ronaldo and Ronaldinho play the game of football
- Ronaldo is currently Manchester United’s top scorer this season after re-joining the Old Trafford club from Juventus
Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has finally revealed Brazilian legends Ronaldinho Gaucho and Ronaldo De Lima Nazario as his football idols.
According to the Daily Post, the Portugal captain admitted he grew up watching the pair while acknowledging they have both left their legacy and history in the football world forever.
The 36-year old revealed he had dreams of emulating the feat of both players while growing up and indeed the Ex-Real Madrid forward can boast of having achieved that and more.
Ronaldinho and Ronaldo Nazario were played a crucial role to help Brazil win their 5th World Cup trophy in 2002 as the latter would end up scoring twice in the final against Germany.
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Both players had also won several club laurels in their playing career with Ronaldinho winning the UEFA Champions League with Barcelona twice while Ronaldo won the La Liga, UEFA Cup as well as several top scorers award.
The Sun however reports that Cristiano Ronaldo who is a five-time Ballon d'Or winner believes his personal accolades have put him in a higher echelon than Ronaldo and Ronaldinho,
"I don’t like comparisons.
"I prefer to say that the two [Ronaldo Nazario and Ronaldinho Gaúcho] left their legacy, their history.
"I can say, by facts, that I won more individual titles than they did, but both won World Cups.
“I sympathize a lot with them. I grew up watching them both play. Saying who is the best, who is second, is not the most important thing.
“I prefer to say that they are idols and left a beautiful history in football.”
Cristiano Ronaldo was speaking ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Saturday, January 15.
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