Chelsea footballer Marcos Alonso says Rafael Nadal is his favourite sportsman and ranks the Spaniard above fellow greats Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Speaking to the official Chelsea website, Alonso says, "Other than football, I think I’d pick tennis and golf as my favourite other sports.
I went to the Wimbledon final last year and that was amazing. I loved watching a great game between two of the greatest players in history, in [Novak] Djokovic and [Roger] Federer. I’d have to say though that my favourite sport star currently is another tennis player, in Rafa Nadal.
He is a great example both on and off the court and what he’s done in the sport and for Spain as a country is just amazing. I’m a big fan of his”. Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles in his career, the second most in men's tennis history.
He is currently trailing only Swiss superstar Roger Federer, who has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles while Djokovic has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles in his career. Speaking of his off-court achievements, Nadal has been involved in charity work including the creation of his own Fundacion Rafa Nadal as well setting up a sports centre to train tennis youngsters.
Nadal’s parents chair the Fundacion Rafa Nadal, which looks at social work and development aid in Spain. He has also set up a tennis academy for underprivileged children in Anantapur, India and has his own academy in Spain.
Federer and Djokovic are also heavily involved in charity work and have their own foundations to support causes, especially those related to children but for Alonso, it seems that Nadal scores over the other two rivals.