Bolt a 'massive fan' of Ronaldo but compares himself to Messi

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The Olympic champion is a keen admirer of the Real Madrid icon, but feels he has more in common with the Argentina captain

Legendary Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has likened his natural talent to that of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

An eight-time Olympic champion, the 31-year-old Bolt retired last year after an incredible career that also included 11 world titles.

When asked at Wednesday's Match of Friendship, Bolt described himself as "a massive fan" of Cristiano Ronaldo but said he identified more with Messi, suggesting they both benefited from a natural ability.

"Messi is very talented," he told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of Hublot.

"From what I've learned and listened to over the years, Cristiano had to work to get where he is. I was born with speed and had a lot of talent [like Messi]."

Bolt's desire to play football professionally has been well documented and he will get his chance to impress coaches at Borussia Dortmund this week when he heads to Germany for a training session.

He is already looking one step ahead, though, and is using it as a platform to help achieve his ultimate dream - playing for his beloved Manchester United.

"I don't know what to expect [at Dortmund]," he added.

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"I'm going to try my best, as always. I'm a very determined person when I want something so I'm going to go there and do my best. For me, my best is always good enough.

"I would love to play for the team [Manchester United], to give it some thought and see where it goes. After the trials I then have a base to tell him [Jose Mourinho] I can do this, I can do that."

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