Ronaldo Jr. declares Barcelona icon Messi his 'idol' in apparent internet prank

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It seemed the son of the forward was on Instagram, with posts seeing him express his admiration for his dad's rival, but it was likely a hoax

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo's son on Tuesday declared Barcelona forward Lionel Messi his “idol” in an Instagram post — or so it seemed.

Ronaldo Jr. appeared set to follow in his father’s Instagram footsteps, with the Portuguese forward often posting clips of the seven-year-old’s goal-scoring exploits on social media, but the post was likely an internet prank by a verified user who goes by the handle "@mrahunter".

The youngster was believed to have set up an Instagram account over the the past 24 hours, with a first collection of posts seeing him reveal his admiration for Argentine icon Messi.

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The post in question saw Ronaldo Jr. meeting the Barcelona talisman at the recent FIFA Best Awards and includes the message: “Thank you my idol, Leo Messi”.

But later in the day, the message had been deleted along with the Instagram account.

We may have to wait a few years before Ronaldo Jr. is old enough to have an actual social media account that CR7 fans can follow.