In the summer of 2017, Paris Saint-Germain spent €222 million to close the deal with Barcelona to bring in Neymar. Rafael Nadal would not suggest his favorite football team, Real Madrid, to do the same thing. 'I don't know if I would like (to see) Madrid buying Neymar... it depends', Nadal told Onda Cero. 'I understand that he is a great player but it depends by the price. I would like to see him playing in Real Madrid as well as the other great players I saw playing but not for any price.'
Nadal is said to have been in the centre of the negotiation that brought Marcos Asensio, a Mallorcan like him, to Real Madrid in 2016, but he clarified: 'I don't have any contact with Asensio, they said things that didn't jappen, I only put in contact people who could bring him in and that's it.'
Ronaldo Luis Nazario da Lima is a passionate Nadal and tennis fan. The former Brazilian football star spoke about his passion for the sports in a interview to the Radio programme El Larguero on Monday night. 'I watch all Rafa's matches, I organize myself in the day to see all his matches. Of course, I will go to the Mutua Madrid Open, I see more tennis than football. I admire him a lot, I love tennis', Ronaldo said.
Ronaldo also explained what happens when he meets Nadal: 'He speaks about football and I try to speak about tennis... it's very funny.'
Ronaldo and Nadal once met during a PokerStars event in Prague in 2012, when both of them were some of the brand's ambassador.