It is not possible to compare the skills of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to soccer greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

That is the view of world number one Nadal, who has given some in-depth interviews to the Spanish media ahead of the Christmas period to reflect on 2019.

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Nadal/Ronaldo and Federer/Messi

Nadal was asked if he agreed with the notion, he would be the equivalent of Ronaldo in soccer, while Federer would be Messi.

Rafael Nadal: Roger Federer is not like Messi and I am not Ronaldo!
Rafael Nadal: Roger Federer is not like Messi and I am not Ronaldo!

While the 33-year-old did not entertain the idea, you can at least see why people would make the connection.

Not only are Messi and Ronaldo two greats of their sport and long-time rivals for success in the same way as Federer and Nadal have been over the years, but they’re also are some individual stylistic similarities in the eyes of many observers.

Barcelona forward Messi is a naturally gifted talent looking to enhance his legacy over his final years, much in the same way as Federer.

Juventus star Ronaldo, along with Nadal, is defying age to maximize every ounce of production from his body, with both men possessing incredible mental strength and passion.

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Rafael Nadal: Roger Federer is not like Messi and I am not Ronaldo!
Rafael Nadal: Roger Federer is not like Messi and I am not Ronaldo!

Nadal about Stardom

However, the Spaniard, who is on his best form in a decade, does not feel you can compare stars from different sports, as he explained in an interview with Marca.

“No comparison is possible,” said Rafael Nadal.

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