Lukas Podolski reveals sporting heroes

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has today shared that he worshipped three stars above all others as a child, with some surprising results.

Podolski was asked in an interview with BT Sport who his sports idols were growing up, revealing a wide palette including a German icon and two of the most memorable and successful sporting characters of the modern era.

The Gunners striker said: "I like boxing so Mike Tyson, and I liked formula 1 so there's Michael Schumacher.

"Of course I liked to play football so Ronaldo, but the Brazilian one.

Podolski's club colleagues and countrymen Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil were present at the same interview and found his insistence on siding with the original Ronaldo particularly humorous.

All three of Arsenal's German Gunners were talking to BT ahead of tomorrow's crunch Premier League clash with Manchester City, as Arsene Wenger's men look to retain their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Podolski has endured a frustrating campaign with injury but is finally on the verge of a first-team return, battling back after being sidelined since August with a torn hamstring.

The Gunners have coped well without one of their few genuine alternatives to Olivier Giroud, with the Frenchman proving a consistent performer in his second season at the Emirates.

Wenger will have Podolski available for selection at the Etihad tomorrow, but is extremely unlikely to use the German international from the start due to a lack of match sharpness.

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