Lionel Messi Compared to Recently Retired Tennis Legend Roger Federer by Argentina Coach Lionel Scaloni

Lionel Messi Compared to Recently Retired Tennis Legend Roger Federer by Argentina Coach Lionel Scaloni

  • Argentina national team manager Lionel Scaloni has compared Lionel Messi to Roger Federer, saying Messi's retirement will evoke the same emotions fans felt with the Swiss
  • The curtain came down on Federer's career last week, ending a stellar career in which he won 20 grand slams
  • 35-year-old Messi is nearing his retirement, and Scaloni said that fans need to appreciate him while he's still playing

Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest footballer to ever lace the boot, has been compared to the recently retired tennis icon Roger Federer.

Argentina manager, Lionel Scaloni said it will be an emotional day when Messi calls it a day, something which will happen in the next few years.

Lionel Messi, Roger Federer, Argentina, Barcelona, PSG, Tennis
Lionel Messi and Roger Federer have dominated their respective sports for nearly 20 years. Photos by TF-Images Julian Finney.
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Scaloni said watching Federer break down in tears in his final match was sad and reckons Messi's last match will evoke the same emotions, according to Get French Football News.

Messi is 35 years of age, and some reckon he will retire sometime in the next five years, barring unforeseen circumstances.

Scaloni asks fans to enjoy watching Messi while he still plays

“That’s how it happened with Federer, who retired and everyone was thrilled, because he won’t be playing anymore. And how many of us would love to see him play tennis again? It was wonderful… The same thing will happen with him (Messi) and much more because football generates something much stronger. That’s why we have to enjoy it.”

Messi said he will reassess his career after the World Cup, including his future with Argentina.

According to the Guardian, Federer was 41 when he announced his retirement last week after a splendid career which saw him win 20 grand slam titles. The announcement was met with both sadness and joy.

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Messi wishes he played more with Neymar at Barcelona

Sports Brief earlier reported on Messi proclaiming that he regrets not playing more with Neymar Jr at Barcelona.

The two South American superstars now play together in France with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after Messi joined the team last year. Neymar Jr left Barcelona in 2017 to join the French giants for a world-record fee of $263 million.