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Karim Benzema Says Ronaldo Nazario Was and Still Is His Role Model

Ali Shibil Roshan
Karim Benzema
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Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema has said Brazilian legend Ronaldo was and still is his role model.

Ronaldo is considered as one of the greatest of footballers of all time, and he has inspired many, including Benzema, who revealed the Brazilian made him believe in himself.

"I met him, I was lucky to meet him in Madrid. He was my role model, he still is," Benzema told BeIN Sports [via Goal] when asked about Ronaldo. "He is someone who made me believe in myself, to mirror the skills that he showcased, not in the same way or at the same pace, because he was at a level above me. But this type of attacker is what I like.

"He is the only player from whom I tried to take three or four things. So when I was young, that was when I really loved him. I had a VHS of him from 1996-97 when he was playing at Barca.

"I have always wanted to be a model attacker. Someone who knows how to score, but also to organise play, who knows how to play with the ball at his feet. One touch, make movements, stay in the box. A bit of everything."

Meanwhile, Benzema, who is in France's squad for Euro 2020, will be hoping to help the defending world champions to European glory this summer. Didier Deschamps side kick-off their campaign with a game against Germany in Group F.