Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt said that he has always been a fan of Portugal star footballer and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

In his recent interview to FIFA.com, Bolt was asked who between Lionel Messi and Ronaldo has had the best football career. “Both! Many people are asking this question, but they are two geniuses of football,” Bolt said in reply.

“I have always been a big fan of Ronaldo. I admire his ability to succeed in different championships: England, Spain and now Italy.”

The 33-year-old speedster was later asked who he would be rooting for — among Messi, Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk — in the upcoming FIFA Best Awards. “These are three wonderful players. Ronaldo and Messi won the prize five times each. For his part, Van Dijk has just won the UEFA prize and in view of his performances in Liverpool last season, his time may have come. But as a supporter of Manchester United, I would surely vote for Ronaldo!” Bolt said.

Meanwhile, the Jamaican sprinter also included Ronaldo in his dream team of footballers for teaming up in a 4x100m relay event. “Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Gareth Bale,” Bolt replied.

It is no secret that Bolt loves football from the bottom of his heart. Talking about his recent announcement of giving up his dream of becoming a professional footballer, Bolt said, “I love playing football but at my age and with all my other commitments, it was difficult to dedicate the time required to make it a success professionally. I will continue playing at celebrity and charity events like Soccer Aid.”