Three-time Tour de France winner and Olympic medalist Chris Froome has gone on Twitter this week to personally thank Lionel Messi for his support.
He tweeted the words: 'What do footballers do when they're not playing football? They watch cycling.'
He then posted some smiley face emojis and added: 'Cheers Leo!!', with the post being accompanied with a photo of boots that have been signed by the Barcelona star.
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Froome, originally of Kenya, came to prominence in the sport of cycling back in 2007, turning pro when he signed to ride for Team Konica Minolta.
The 22-year-old cyclist would not be with Team Konica Minolta for long, however, as instead, he decided that it would be better for his career if he moved over to Europe. Upon doing so, Froome joined with Team Barloworld.
In 2010, Froome would make a career decision that proved to be instrumental in bringing him to the level he is currently at today. He joined up with Team Sky - who he still rides for to this day - where he has become a key member of the team.
Froome first made himself known to cycling fans around the world during the 2011 Vuelta a España, a race he finished placed in second overall.
His first multi-stage race win came in 2013 in the Tour of Oman, and this would go on to set the tone for the rest of the year with all those loyal to camp Froome.
He followed up his maiden victory with wins in the Critérium International, the Tour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné, and the Tour de France.
You can see Froome's tweet below.
As a defending champion, Froome began 2014 by again winning the Tour of Oman, followed by a repeat victory in the Tour de Romandie.
Unfortunately for Froome, he was forced to retire from the 2014 Tour de France, but he was able to finish in second place at the Vuelta a España.
In 2015, Froome won his second Critérium du Dauphiné, and his second Tour de France. He also took stage wins in the Vuelta a Andalucía.
During 2016, Froome won the 'Tour de France' for an astonishing third time in his career.
He has competed at two Olympic Games during his career. He rode at the London 2012, and again this year in Rio, Brazil.
He has won two bronze medals so far in Olympic competition, both medals being for his performances in the 'time-trial' event.
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