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Barca-Bound 'Next Ronaldo' Names CR7 Among His Idols

After FC Barcelona signed a talent who has been dubbed "the next Cristiano Ronaldo", the 20-year-old has confirmed that the former Real Madrid superstar is among his idols.

Read: Ronaldo Trains At Surprise Club

The Catalan giants confirmed the signing of Francisco Trincao on deadline day in January, but the skilful winger will only join the club on 1 July – or once the 2019/20 campaign is finalised.

"I was proud that Barca called me," he said in a live video chat with his new club's YouTube channel, as quoted on Barcelona's official website.

"I'm very excited about wearing the shirt of the best club in the world.

"I'm looking forward to meeting my teammates, training with them and sharing the dressing room."

Trincao was also asked about his childhood idols, and named both Messi and Ronaldo, despite his countryman having played for his new club's bitter rivals Real Madrid.

"I don't have one in particular, but I'll say Messi and Cristiano," he said in the video, although his answer to this question did not appear on Barca's website.

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He also explained how much he is looking forward to playing alongside Messi.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting him (Messi) and learning from him, because we are talking about one of the best players in the world," he added.

Trincao is considered "the next Ronaldo" by a number of publications in Portugal as he possesses similar flair to that of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

He has represented Portugal at every youth level and made 38 appearances for Braga's senior side, scoring seven goals and assisting another nine strikes.

He will join the Blaugrana for a reported fee of €31 million (R579 million).

Read: 10 Clubs Who Could Be Crowned Champions If Leagues End Now

Do you think the new Barca starlet will get into trouble with his new club's fans for naming Ronaldo among his idols? Have your say in the comments section below.


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