best soccer player amongst current pros?

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  1. mental midget

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    many current and former atp pros displayed promising skills as soccer players before making the choice to dedicate themselves to tennis. of that group, is there a consensus as to who had the best chance to succeed in that sport?
     
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    Nadal/Murray
     
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    Murray, I'd say ;)
     
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    Muurya is pretty good.
     
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  5. mental midget

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    heard about murray. roger and nadal were apparently both quite good. stich played at a very high level as well. is there anyone on the board who might shed some light on the particulars as to just how good these guys were, relative in particular, to players who went on to play professionally?
     
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    Probably Messi. This is a tennis forum tho :D
     
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    Murray and Baghdatis.
     
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    Muzza or Nadal
     
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    Anyone who's not American.
     
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  10. scotus

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    Not a current pro, but Johnny Mac used to play on a team (maybe high school?), which may not be much, but most current pros didn't even go to high school.
     
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    Isner .
     
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    andy roddick
     
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  15. mental midget

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    roddick, isner . . . while i'm wiping away tears of laughter, can anyone answer the original question?
     
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    Remember seeing some footage a while back of Nadal playing football (not soccer), his ball control is good and his movement is very natural.

    Not entirely sure about Federer, chances are he would cry all too often.
     
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    Yes, Rafael can throw a pigskin a quarter mile from what I hear.
     
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    I donĀ“t know about curren guys but Mc Enroe used to play fairly well at his high school and college (Stanford) team - he combine dit with tennis-....and Becker used to play a lot when he was a pre junior tennis player.I think he is very very attached to Bayern.

    The swedes and czechs were great in ice hockey: Borg,edberg,Nystrom,lendl,Novacek.
     
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    Murray was offered trials by Glasgow Rangers at about the time he decided to focus solely on tennis.
     
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    Baghdatis was named the game MVP at the tennis charity event for Japan.
     
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    Hey that's me playing tennis in the summer a few years back, I'll take the Nadal comment as a complement thank you :)
     
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    It was only a matter if time before some jackass tried to make the distinction.
     
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    Yes. Nadal could have been a soccer pro too,but he chose tennis instead.
     
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    There is a very logical explanation why it's called football, may have something to do with the fact that the ball is kicked with the foot.

    Unfortunately in Australia there is a sport called Rugby League which is referred to as football. The players are notorious for having limited intellect, not too dissimilar to american "football" players.
     
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    Nadal by far as far as I know.
     
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    It is really cool when they display their hand foot coordination on the court. Plus you have to consider Nadal's uncle, he grew up with all that stuff.
     
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    Maybe it came down to making a decision on what sport they culd acheive the greatest personal success.

    Nadal - breaking into the top Spanish teams and national team would be highly unlikely if you look at who they have playing now.

    Murray - playing in a mediocre league, no European club or national success.

    Errm, tennis it is then :)
     
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    Had Nadal pursued football as a career he could be playing in the primera league, something we will never know. As for Murray, he may have ended up in the premier league which is where most British players end up, once again we will never know.
     
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    Nadal or Murray
     
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    Nadal was the topmgoal scorrer at hist local team in maiorca when he was a junior...
     
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