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Lionel Messi Sends Congratulatory Message to Rafael Nadal Despite the Tennis Star Being a Real Madrid Fan

Mudeet Arora
Messi sent a congratulatory message to tennis star Rafael Nadal
Messi sent a congratulatory message to tennis star Rafael Nadal / Handout/Getty Images

Tennis legend Rafael Nadal was awarded the Laureus Sportsman of the Year for the second time in his incredible tennis career after a successful season.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion claimed the award last back in 2011 and was a nominee for it in 2009, 2014, 2018 and 2020.

This year, the other nominees along with Nadal this year were Joshua Cheptegei, Armand Duplantis, Lewis Hamilton, LeBron James and Robert Lewandowski.

After his win, congratulatory messages flew in for Nadal with Barcelona legend Lionel Messi being among the ones to congratulate him via a video.

Messi said to Nadal that he deserved this award more than the other nominees and called him a great testament of hard work, perseverance and being at the top for so many years. The Barcelona legend signed off by stating, "I wanted to send you warm regards."

What makes this message from Messi pretty classy is that Nadal is well known huge Real Madrid fan and is loved by the people at that club. He is often seen with Madrid's president Florentino Perez and the Real players.

Nadal has made it to the quarter-final of the Madrid open and will be facing Germany's Alexander Zverev in the last-8 today.