Roger Federer: I'm proud to be compared to Lionel Messi

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Tennis superstar Roger Federer says it is futile to try to compare him to his football equivalent, Lionel Messi, but adds that he his 'proud' to be mentioned alongside the Barcelona record-breaker.

Messi has set a number of new benchmarks in the past 12 months in terms of goalscoring, while Federer has won more Grand Slams than any male player in the history of tennis.

The Barcelona ace also looks on course to claim a record fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or for his exploits in 2012, while Federer's talents show no signs of diminishing even after almost a decade at the top.

Federer does not believe it is possible to compare his achievements to those of Messi, or another Argentine great in Diego Maradona, but is flattered that people would draw comparisons between them.

"You cannot compare [me to Messi and Maradona], but I am grateful and proud that I am included in that lot," Federer told Ole.

Federer, though, does see a similarity between himself and Messi in the sense that both have managed to reach the summit of their respective sports by remaining humble and enjoying their games.

"Messi and I showed that [despite] being good guys we can be successful," Federer added.

"And, along the way, we can enjoy life more."

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