Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are football's Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Here's why

Messi, Federer, Nadal, Ronaldo

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are to soccer what Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are to tennis.

That is according to the Juventus FC and former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The 41-year-old was talking to Football Italia about his idols when he drew the comparison between the rivals.Advertisement

"Nadal's hard work and constant desire to improve himself allowed him to be on a par with the most talented tennis player in history.

"The comparison is obvious and makes me smile, as Leo Messi is Federer, while Cristiano Ronaldo is like Nadal."

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Similarly, Federer and Nadal have dominated the world of tennis during that same period.Advertisement

Federer, 38, has won 20 Grand Slam titles, whilst Nadal has won 19 - his latest coming when he beat Daniil Medvedev to secure the 2019 US Open title in September.

Buffon has also had a glistening career of his own, having won 24 major honours with Parma, Juventus, and Paris Saint Germain, in a career that has spanned almost 25 years.

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