Tennis superstar, Rafael Nadal has revealed that tears fell from his eyes when Lionel Messi led the Argentine national team to victory against France in Qatar on Sunday,
The Real Madrid fan was happy to see former Barcelona talisman, Messi achieve his greatest feat at an age when some doubted he would ever lift the trophy.
Messi scored two goals as Sunday’s final against France ended in a pulsating 3-3 draw, plus a penalty in the shoot-out that followed, clinching the Golden Ball as the tournament’s outstanding player.
For Nadal, who won his 22nd grand slam two days after turning 36 in June, seeing another person achieving late-career success is something to which he can relate.
Speaking with AS, he said: “Messi’s lifting of the World Cup made me happy. For this wonderful player to be crowned with a missing title of this caliber, with all that it means to Argentina, it seems fair to me.”
“I enjoyed it and was affected. Without bias towards Argentina, when Messi scored the third goal, tears fell from my eyes. This was due to the emotion of seeing a great person achieve what he lacked, as he struggled so much to achieve it.” Nadal concluded.