The famous soccer player from Romania, Gheorghe Hagi, who played for Barcelona FC and Real Madrid compared today’s best soccer players in the world, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo with tennis players. Famous Regele (The King) as the Romanian fans called him, compared Messi and Ronaldo to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic respectively. He said: “They are two players that make my life happy,” Hagi told Omnisport.
He also added: “We are living [through] a football [era] with two amazing players, one has technical quality and the other has strength. You can have a great body but it all starts in your mind. He [Messi]’s very creative, he has a lot of technique and talent, pure talent. Like in tennis, [Roger] Federer would be Messi and [Novak] Djokovic would be Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Moreover, Hagi said: “Because he trains, because he heals, always … he wants to win. The difference on the field isn’t always the motivation in life. [It is] the player’s ambition. What you did yesterday no longer works, today you go [onto] the field and you have to be the best. The football players aren’t actors. In the movies, you make a film and you can watch it 100 times. No, not for the player, each game is different. So you have to be motivated. That’s my opinion the player has to be motivated.”
He said at the end: “This is one of the qualities to become one of the best of the world. One of the qualities of Ronaldo, of Messi, of players that achieve that level, is that … they are motivated.”