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Alex Rodriguez: 'I Think My New Hero Is George Clooney'

4/26/2012 1:36pm EDT

Alex Rodriguez

Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez has heaped praise on his ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz; branding the beauty "one of the greatest human beings" he's ever met.

The pair hooked up in 2010 and enjoyed a globe-trotting romance, travelling the world together until their split in September last year.

And despite Rodriguez dating a series of high-profile blondes, including Madonna and Kate Hudson, he insists Diaz is still his favorite.

He tells The Insider, "I don't like talking about my relationships, but I will tell you about CD (Cameron Diaz): She's probably one of the greatest human beings I've ever met, and just an amazing light."

The sports star also reveals he has a new idol in the dating stakes - eternal bachelor George Clooney.

He adds, "I think my new hero is George Clooney. He's my new role model. I think he's done it right."

George Clooney

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