Rafael Nadal casually scoring a double hat-trick against Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas in 2008

It’s crazy to think that Spain’s greatest athlete of all time may never even have continued playing the sport for which he is now idolized beyond childhood.

However, for tennis Legend Rafael Nadalit was a real possibility, as the talented athlete had to choose between his two loves, tennis and Soccerlike a teenager.

It’s fair to say that Nadal has proven himself to be far more than correct with the choice he made, being the current men’s singles major titles leader of all time, with an incredible 22 Grand Slams to date. its active.

However, after watching the video of Nadal’s footballing skills, one can only wonder how far he could have gone in ‘the beautiful game’, potentially even surpassing his uncle who played for Barcelona under Johan Cruyff!

In the video uploaded to YouTube, Nadal shows no signs of rusting from his footballing teenage years and is seen dominating the pitch, scoring an incredible double hat-trick.

Nadal’s first goal comes after a quick escape from an opponent with flawless Marseille roulette before a bottom corner finish that would leave Zinedine Zidane In admiration. The Clay King’s second goal is an outrageous long-range banger to his left foot, before finishing his hat-trick with a step forward and a drilled finish to the bottom corner with his right foot, leaving the ‘keeper stuck in the mud in the middle. of the goal.

And the goalkeeper was none other than the World Cup winning captain Iker Casillas!

The three times Champions League-the winning goalkeeper is stunned by Nadal’s footballing skills, turning in disbelief after slotting a left-footed volley past the legendary keeper for his fourth goal.

The match was organized by the charity Red Cross in 2008 and there were no better Spanish sporting legends than Casillas and Nadal to headline the event, with the two teams split into ‘Friends of Rafa’ and “Friends of Iker”.

Many Spanish sports legends such as F1 runner Fernando Alonso and golfer Sergio Garcia Featured. However, no one stole the show more than Nadal, who made professional footballers look like amateurs with his incredible technique and athleticism.

Nadal’s love for football is no hidden secret, often being spotted supporting his beloved real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, a club he has often said he would like to become president one day.

However, what may shock people, including Iker Casillas, is how good the tennis legend is at the game itself!

Fans were left in disbelief in the comments section on Reddit and YouTube as well, with one user posting, “WTF! He literally plays with them as if he were a professional footballer!

Another even said Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo should count themselves lucky that Nadal chose to play tennis, saying: “Messi and Ronaldo are so happy that he decided to play tennis instead of football.”

“Nadal could have turned pro in any sport he chose, the man is just an athletic beast,” said another, while another comment read: “Damn he really has the looks really good at football.”

After watching the three-minute video, one wonders if the 22-time Grand Slam champion ever becomes president of Real Madrid and can sort out his recurring foot injury issues, maybe he should get on the pitch and re-channeling his inner Ronaldinho!

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