07/17/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Alex Rodriguez Said To Have Been "In Love" With Madonna

Just met? Hardly. New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez was smitten with Madonna six months ago when he was exchanging text messages with her while dining with a friend in Miami.

"He kept smiling, acting as if he was a little kid," the dinner companion tells Us Weekly in its latest issue, on newsstands now.

"He told me it was Madonna," A-Rod's friend says. "I was shocked."

The highest-paid player in baseball then "proceeded to say he was in love with her," the pal tells Us. "I thought he was kidding, but he wasn't."

By February, the 32-year-old slugger had upped the ante. "He said, 'She's my f--king soulmate, dude,'" the friend tells Us.

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