"I love him" Tom Brady about Lionel Messi – Marca English

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The QB is a big soccer fan
Around the world, different sports personalities have shown their admiration for Tom Brady, historic NFL quarterback. But not often does the QB express his love for another figure in sports, except when it comes to Lionel Messi.
Both players have often been compared as being the GOAT in their respective sports, but on one occasion, Brady had words of admiration for Lionel Messi, even saying that he was a fan of soccer. It was on January 30, 2018, in a conference prior to Super Bowl LII, in which the then New England Patriots quarterback would face the Philadelphia Eagles, when he was questioned about the comparisons made of him with Lionel Messi.
“I love Messi and I think he’s a great player. I’m a little older than him, though” answered Brady. “I love soccer and I’ve watched soccer for a long time.” He continued. Brady also compared Messi to Diego Armando Maradona as an important figure for the sport.
In said Super Bowl that was played in the U.S. Bank Stadium, the Patriots ended up losing the title to the Eagles despite being heavy favorites with a score of 41-33. Unfortunately for Brady and company, they could not add another ring to their collection. Today the Buccaneers have the NFL’s GOAT among their ranks, but it might not be for long, as his official retirement is almost made official by now.
Tom Brady has been in the news worldwide, as reports in the last few hours have indicated that the quarterback will retire after 22 seasons as a professional. However, everything revolves around speculation, since Don Yee, Brady’s agent, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that his retirement is not yet official and it will be Brady himself who will announce his decision soon.
As this moment arrives, let’s take some time to talk about Brady’s passion for soccer. Over the years, Brady has made it his mission to show the world how much he loves for soccer, just as he did in March 2017, when he praised Barcelona‘s historic comeback victory over PSG in the second leg of round 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
In April 2021, he attended the start of the MLS season as a special guest to witness one of the most anticipated matches of Week 1: Inter Miami vs LA Galaxy. In 2018 he also visited the Arena do Gremio in Brasil to witness the match between the Gremio and Inter of Porto Alegre. It’s good to see someone like Brady championing other sports like this, hopefully doing this can bring new fans to the sport.
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