The 1D star was impressed by footballer

Niall Horan was pleasantly surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo when they met.

The singer got the chance to meet Portugese football star Cristiano, 28, when One Direction were invited to a Real Madrid training session last year.

Then-manager José Mourinho let the lads visit in exchange for concert tickets for his daughter.

That was a good day,’ Niall, 20, tells The Sun.

José’s a really nice guy but I also couldn’t believe how nice Cristiano Ronaldo was.

I thought he was going to have attitude but he didn’t – he’s like the joker of the team.’

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