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The Nigerian winger says he was excited playing against the Real Madrid man during last season’s Champions League game and posed for a photo with him afterwards


Before Ahmed Musa moved to Russia last season, the young Nigerian had always looked up to Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as his football idol.

Wearing the same number seven jersey for his country, Musa was the new kid on the block as he was snapped up by VVV Venlo after breaking the 20 year-old Nigeria Premier League scoring record at Kano Pillars.

By the time he moved to CSKA in January and the opportunity to play against Ronaldo came in the Uefa Champions League last-16 over two legs a month later, Musa knew it was time to meet his hero.

Even though the Russian club lost 5-2 on aggregate, it was an impressionable moment for the young Nigerian winger.

“I was so excited playing against my role model,” Musa told” I felt very happy. After the game we talked and had a handshake with a picture.”

Musa did not stop there, he got Ronaldo’s jersey and it is one of his most prized possessions in life.

“I have it in my home, when you come in you can see it there on the wall,” he said.

Being one of the most exciting young Nigerian players in Europe, Musa will be among the team that will attempt to secure Nigeria’s place in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations when they take on Liberia in final qualifiers in September and October. It’s a match that Musa will be keen to win.

“For me whenever I come home to play for my fatherland I give it my all to see that I win the game,” he said.