Rafael Nadal, world tennis star, is also a huge fan of Real Madrid. Despite his attachment to the club from the Spanish capital, he shows his admiration for Lionel Messi, 35-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker and former iconic scorer for FC Barcelona (2003-2021), as he mentioned to Diario Ole.
Nadal “As with Federer, we appreciate rivals and we have an important affection for them because sport is nothing more than that”
“As a Madrid supporter, I have suffered from this many times and I have also benefited from it. Because those of us who love sports, even though Messi took a lot from Madrid, in the end you appreciate someone special. In Spain we were able to enjoy him in the best years of his life. He made us live very special moments. He is one of the best players in the history of sport and football. We had this chance in my country. As with Federer, we appreciate the rivals and we have an important affection for them because the sport is nothing but that, everything remains there.
The stars respect and admire each other, whatever the sport and the team in which they play. Messi remains the best striker in his sport, all generations combined, and what he has achieved allows him to enter the history of football. Because of his talent, the Argentinian influenced an entire generation and was even able to have the admiration of his rivals, whether they were supporters or players.
Aged 35 today, he continues to show an admirable level of play in his new colors. He can still hope to win one or more major trophies and confirm that he is not only the man of FC Barcelona. Seeing him win an LDC at PSG would be a historic moment for the club or for him and it would allow him to write a new page in his long history filled with success.