Switzerland tennis star Roger Federer broke down in tears after Diego Maradona sent him a heartwarming message, saying: “You will always be the greatest”.
Federer, 38, is currently touring South America playing a series of exhibition matches with German star Alexander Zverev.
And ahead of his match in Argentina, football great Maradona, 59, paid tribute to the 20-time Grand Slam champion – just days after quitting as manager of Gimnasia.
Maradona had been invited to the exhibition clash, but was unable to make it – instead sending a video message, broadcast on the big screen.
In the clip, Maradona said: “Hello master, machine, like I call you.
“You were, you are, and will always be the greatest. There is no other like you.
“I want you to know that if you have any kind of trouble in my country, you can call me and tell me what you need.”
A clearly-overwhelmed Federer could be seen welling up over the extraordinary praise.
Despite opting for the “friendly” games in South America, Federer insists he has absolutely no plans to retire.
When asked, Fed replied: “My retirement is going to depend on my health. At this moment I see no reason to stop.
“I think in 2009 I questioned it for the first time. [It’s been] ten years and here I am. I’m exactly where I wanted to be at this age.
“It is a lot of work. I expected to play until 35-36 and here I am, in a new dimension.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.