Rakitic: If Messi was a tennis player, he would have had 50 Grand Slam titles

Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic made an interesting comment on his Camp Nou coach Lionel Messi. Rakitić said that if the Argentine was a tennis player instead of a footballer, he would have won 50 Grand Slam titles (which is 30 more than the record of the Swiss Roger Federer). Rakitic and Messi will be rivals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as Croatia and Argentina are in Group D at the mid-June championship on the planet.

“As with my other teammates going to the World, I wish him success,” said Goal.com Rakitic. “Of course you are a favorite when you have the best player in the world, nothing that he (Messi) says Argentines are not among the main contenders,” continued the Croatian.

“He may have a title with Argentina, but he has brought many trophies to Barcelona. If Messi played tennis, he would have won 50 Grand Slam titles! But you do not play alone in football, it’s not an individual sport, “Rakitic said.