Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed his childhood idol was former Real Madrid star Zinedine Zidane.

Fellaini has been used as a deep-lying midfielder since joining Manchester United in the summer for a fee of £27.5million but has admitted he was a big fan of Zidane.

The 26-year-old is known for his power and aerial ability rather than the kind of skill Zidane had in his locker, however the Belgium international - who spent much of last season playing a number 10 at Everton - has revealed that Zidane was the player he tried to model his game on as a child.

Speaking to Manchester United's official website, Fellaini said on the player who he enjoyed watching as a kid: "My football idol when I was younger was Zinedine Zidane.

"There are a lot of great players - Ronaldo, Messi... but I loved Zidane. He is the one for me. He made things look so simple.

"When he played he made it seem like he was playing in the garden! Watching him in action was beautiful."

Fellaini was particularly in awe of Zidane during the 2002 Champions League final when the Frenchman scored the winning goal against Bayer Leverkusen.

He added: "The control he had of the ball was unbelievable.

"His goal against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League final in 2002 was the standout moment for me from his career - the way he watched the ball and then struck that volley - it was a magnificent goal.

"He was a player that I just loved watching. Very few footballers, if any, will ever be like him.

"I was lucky enough to meet him a few years ago. It was an amazing experience and I made sure I got a photo.

"He is a great person. We had a bit of a chat, but I was a little star struck! He must go down as one of the game's best ever players who is liked and respected by so many."

Fellaini is expected to feature for Belgium against the Ivory Coast tonight before returning to Manchester to take on West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Manchester United's big money summer signing will be hoping he is handed a start after missing his side's Champions League defeat to Olympiakos.

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