Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn says his footballing idol growing up was former Barcelona and Real Madrid goal sensation Ronaldo, The Scottish Sun reports.
Waghorn came through the Sunderland ranks as an academy graduate and there were plenty of goal-scoring heroes at the Black Cats during his time, such as Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn.
Yet for Rangers’ top scorer, only one striker really blew him away and that was World Cup winner Ronaldo.
“I loved watching Ronaldo at his peak. At the time you only had Spanish football on the telly once every couple of weeks. So I’d be buzzing whenever Real Madrid were on — and if Barcelona were on before that,” Waghorn told the Scottish Sun.
“Ronaldo was just incredible. The way he played, he was the ultimate No9. He was fantastic with the goals he scored, his pace and tricks. He was probably the best striker in the world for me.”
Ronaldo enjoyed a fulfilling career even during some lengthy spells out with injury, winning titles in both Spain and Italy while claiming a World Cup success with Brazil in Japan and South Korea.
Waghorn may be some distance off of his idol in terms of quality, yet he himself is a clinical finisher in-front of goal and many youngsters at Rangers will be looking up to him in a similar regard.
The former Leicester City man has notched 28 goals for The Gers this season, and that tally could be extended this weekend as the Glasgow Club gear up to face Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final.
Waghorn is expected to feature after overcoming a lengthy injury, and that will give Mark Warburton’s side a huge lift as they look to add to their Scottish Championship triumph.