Ronaldo Nazario de Lima is a hero for Lionel Messi, Barcelona's crack striker. The pocket sized Argentinean admitted as much today, returning the Brazilian's compliment of yesterday, when he said he would vote for Messi in the Ballon d'Or. In an interview with British football magazine 'Four Four Two' the Argentinean, who became a father on Friday, talked about his idols as he was growing up: "Ronaldo is my hero. I loved to watch players like Zidane, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo, but Ronaldo is the best striker I've ever seen", he said.
He also said that the Brazilian was "so quick" that he could score goals from the kick-off, and that he had never seen anyone "hit a football like he did".