Sachin Tendulkar and Lionel Messi: Suresh Raina compares two sports’ icons

Indian batsman Suresh Raina is a huge fan of Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi and recently compared him with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar while explaining some similarities between the two legends of their respective sport. While Sachin is regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Messi is often hailed as one of the best to have graced football.

Sachin achieved some incredible records with the bat and is the leading run-getter of all-time in both ODIs and Tests despite retiring seven years ago. Not many players come close to matching Sachin’s achievements in international cricket including his 100 centuries in international cricket. On the other hand, Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or honours in his career and is a 4-time Champions League winner with Barcelona.

In a live chat with Khaleej Times on Facebook, Raina explained what he feels is similar between Messi and Sachin and said both superstars have been generous to people around them while remaining humble despite achieving staggering success.

“I am a big fan of Messi. He is so down to earth, Both Sachin and Messi are very good when it comes to taking care of people around them because in sports you need to be really humble,” said Raina, who was part of the Indian team which lifted the World Cup in 2011.

“You may be the number one player in the world, but your legacy is very important, You need to show gratitude to everyone,” he added.

Raina also revealed how Sachin took care of the entire Indian team during their title-winning World Cup campaign in 2011. Raina stated that the former batsman almost acted like a second coach for the MS Dhoni-led side which scripted history by beating Sri Lanka in the final at the iconic Wankhede Stadium to end India’s 28-year long wait for a second World Cup triumph.

“With Sachin, it’s always about his calmness. It was because of Sachin that we won the World Cup. He was the guy who made everyone in the team believe that we can do that, He was like the second coach in the team,” he said.

Courtesy : Times Now

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