Fri 23 December 2022 | 11:34

Rafael Nadal: I cried when Messi scored in World Cup final

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal admits that he wanted Barcelona icon Lionel Messi to win the World Cup.

Rafael Nadal is an avid Real Madrid fan and regularly watches their games at the Santiago Bernabeu but has revealed he is happy that Lionel Messi won the

World Cup

in Qatar.

Lionel Messi

won the World

Cup for the first time in his career after


beat France in Sunday's final.

Speaking to Diario AS, Nadal said seeing Messi lifting the World Cup made him happy.

“I was rooting for the spectacle, because unfortunately Spain went out in the round of 16. It was a spectacular final. I feel sorry for many French friends that I have and for all that Paris and France mean to me. But I also have many Argentine friends and in that sense, as a lover and nostalgic for sport, that Messi lifted the World Cup made me happy.”

The 36-year-old Nadal who has won an all-time record 22 Grand Slam men's singles titles also said he cried when Messi scored the third goal for Argentina in the extra time.

“That someone so great reaches the culmination with a title that was missing, of this calibre, with all that it means for Argentina, it seemed fair to me, I enjoyed it and I was moved.

“Without supporting Argentina, when Messi scored the third goal, tears came to my eyes. But because of the emotion of seeing someone so great achieve what they were missing and someone who had suffered so much to achieve it.

“I really enjoyed the final, especially from minute 70 onward, which was spectacular. Before it seemed that everything was very easy, controlled for Argentina.”

source: SportMob

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