If the Nadal had picked soccer instead of tennis...

What would be Nadal level as a soccer player?


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Crisstti

Legend
A good guess is imo he should be an A league player. According to his own opinion, he wasn't as good at football as he was at tennis (just "normal" good), hence why he chose tennis. I think, similar to Murray, he also disliked his current coach then.

Messi/Ronaldo level is, along with the likes of Maradona and Pele, the best level of football ever played - not bloody likely he would've been that good.

Quick, explosive runner. Good foot-eye coordination, evidently. Apparently scored a tonne at junior level.

Now, I played with someone like that who went on to play pro (I never thought he was that difficult to defend against in training...) and he topped out at the 3rd tier of English football, though he was all of 5'7" fully grown and a lazy sod who only came to life when he was in scoring range.

The "read how someone's going to play as they walk onto the pitch" test suggests to me he would've been a bit of a head down and charge kinda player, probably not a great passer nor likely to score many goals from distance and probably did not like it up him (i.e. would not have relished playing a dirty so-and-so such as Sergio Ramos) but he would've been a Mr "Take your eyes off him for half a second and he's found space and scored a goal" type and I would assume a very hard worker who might've been best playing in midfield than what was apparently his chosen/given role as a child playing as an attacker.

Top flight player, I would expect.
Lol that actually seems spot on.

I know you were joking but you pointed out something interesting. Nadal wouldn't have had the time to perform his OCD rituals, maybe that would have been a problem. He needs to do things at his own pace, which wouldn't have been possible in soccer football.
Actually he'd have more time, since it's a team sport and most of the time you do not have the ball :)
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Lol I had no idea. Very cool. I always thought Toni was a very handsome man too.
Rafa's father & uncles were very handsome when they were young (pictured from left to right): Miguel Angel Nadal, Toni Nadal, Marilen Nadal (Miguel's twin sister), Sebastian Nadal (Rafa's father) and Rafael Nadal:

:)
 
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BorgTheGOAT

Professional
People who vote Messi/Ronaldo are insane. He would never have chosen tennis where only the top ten earn very good money over football where even the 500th best is a millionaire if he had been anywhere close to Ronaldo talent. As others have mentioned the talent pool is way bigger in football. Tennis is still an elite sport there are countries in the world where 99% of the population has never played tennis in their life and even if they played it occasionally you need the best coach, equipment etc from a young age to make it big. In football basically everybody has played it at least a couple of times in his life be it with friends in the street or in school so everyone who has even a little talent would have found out. On top there are talent scouts everywhere and also poor children have the chance to make it big, as proven by almost all the great Brazilian/African players. The talent pool in football could easily be 1000 times as big as in tennis.
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
I think Nadal being Spanish would realise it's not called "Soccer" and it's actually called Fútbol or Football or every other interpretation of the word across almost the entire world except America and a select few other countries.
 

Imperator

Professional
A good guess is imo he should be an A league player. According to his own opinion, he wasn't as good at football as he was at tennis (just "normal" good), hence why he chose tennis. I think, similar to Murray, he also disliked his current coach then.



Lol that actually seems spot on.



Actually he'd have more time, since it's a team sport and most of the time you do not have the ball :)
He has a lot of OCD rituals, even when he doesn’t have the ball. And you can’t do things at your own pace in a team sport.
 
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Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Can't see him as a Ronaldo or Messi because I picture Nadal as a defender. Maybe it is because of Miguel Nadal, he was a defender and Rafa has the monster defence attribute. Would he have reached Koeman, Baresi, Vidic or Cannavaro levels etc? I have no idea.
 

Crisstti

Legend
He played as a striker, so wouldn't have been a defender. You guys are only thinking that because of his incredible defense in tennis.
 
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