Date: 29th June 2015 at 11:18pm
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Palermo’s new forward Matheus Cassini says he cannot wait to wear the shirt of the Rosanero and wants to model himself on his idol, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 19-year-old was officially signed on Monday from Brazilian side Corinthians on a five-year deal and hopes to follow in the footsteps of Paulo Dybala who recently left the Sicilians to join Juventus.

“I’m very happy to be here and cannot express the satisfaction of being here,” the forward told Palermo’s official website.

“It’s a unique chance for me and I want to grow both on and off the field, I’m delighted to be in Palermo.

“I know about Dybala and have huge respect for him and how well he done here but I hope the fans want to see me now.

“I will work hard to achieve great things here and I chose Palermo because of the fans, they are similar to Brazilians.

“Since I was a child I’ve always followed all the great footballers, and my idol is Cristiano Ronaldo.”

The forward never made a senior appearance for the Sao Paulo outfit but did help their under-20 side claim victory in the Copa Sao Paulo, the Brazilian youth league, mostly playing as a second striker and has a similar style to his Portuguese hero, picking the ball up on the left and running at defenders.

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