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FC Porto striker Hulk was likened to Ronaldo after the first leg against Club Atlético de Madrid but the flattery will not sway him from helping his side to a UEFA Champions League quarter-final.
The Brazilian is enjoying his first season in Europe and caught the eye with a powerful display in the 2-2 first-leg draw at the Vicente Calderón. The Spanish media were certainly taken with Hulk, drawing comparisons between him and his illustrious compatriot, who wreaked havoc among many a Liga defence in his time. "Ronaldo is my idol," said Hulk of the former FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF forward. "He's the best player I've ever seen play. He's an inspiration to me to work hard every day."
The 22-year-old is in no mood to be satisfied by personal plaudits, though, and is desperate for Porto to reach the last eight for the first time since they won the competition in 2003/04. "It's an important game and all the squad are ready for it," he added. "We're going to play as well as we can at home. We've played as a team [this season], with everyone helping each other, and I'm certain we're going to get a positive result against Atlético."
Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira feels his young attacker, who is yet to register in seven UEFA Champions League appearances, is only just beginning to make his mark. "Hulk is not the finished article," said the 62-year-old. "He's a long way from being so. He's just starting, but he's aware of that. He's got a lot to learn, but he has enormous potential." Ferreira has high hopes of the man he brought in from Tokyo Verdy last summer. "I hope he's going to become one of the best in the world in his position. If he has luck, he has the mentality to do it."
Nor has his progress gone unnoticed back home, with former Porto favourite Mário Jardel and Brazil coach Dunga both singing Hulk's praises. Dunga is watching him closely and has hinted that a call-up may not be too far away. "To play for the Seleção would be a dream," said Hulk. "I'm going to try and make the dream happen."
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