Italian and Juventus goalie Gianluigi Buffon has stated that he feels that tennis legendary duo of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are like great football players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of tennis.

Notably, both Federer and Nadal have been enjoyed illustrious careers in tennis and have gone on to win 20 and 19 Grand Slam titles respectively in the course of their careers.

Buffon admitted that he is in fact a big fan of Federer and Nadal and follows their game closely.

“Federer is infinite class, while Nadal is perseverance, sweat and also talent, otherwise you cannot win all the Grand Slams he achieved,” he said in an interaction with sports magazine Sportweek.

“Nadal’s hard work and constant desire to improve himself allowed him to be on a par with the most talented tennis player in history. The comparison is obvious and makes me smile, as Leo Messi is Federer, while Cristiano Ronaldo is like Nadal,” he added.