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Messi is like Federer, Ronaldo is like Nadal, says Cassano

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Time to talk tennis

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Antonio Cassano has been talking about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and has come up with some pretty interesting quotes.

We won’t get to see Ronaldo in La Liga next season after his move to Juventus, but you can bet we’ll still get plenty of headlines debating who is the GOAT.

Cassano has likened the two players to tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and knows exactly which player is the best.

“I love Messi not as a counter-point to Cristiano, but because in my view he’s the best of all time and the emotions he gives me are unique.

“If I have to rationalise it or convince you, I ask you to find me someone else who handles the ball and scores so consistently as Messi.

“Cristiano lacks nothing, let’s be clear, but that’s not the point. I love tennis. Now, Cristiano is like Nadal, a fantastic athlete built on talent, but also hard work and desire.

“Messi is more like Federer. He is pure artistry and class. They are different, and you can prefer one to the other. I am with Messi, as he can make the difference even when standing still, he almost doesn’t need physical fitness.”

Source | Football Italia

Of course it’s entirely possible the two could meet next season in the Champions League. Barcelona were drawn with Juventus in the group stages last season and won 3-0 in Turin before a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou.