Monfils meets Ronaldo: ‘He’s such a legend!’

Frenchman chats with icon ahead of Miami opener
March 21, 2024
Ronaldo and Gael Monfils pose for a photo in Miami.
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Ronaldo and Gael Monfils pose for a photo in Miami. By Andrew Eichenholz

When Gael Monfils was growing up, Ronaldo was arguably the best football player in the world.

On Wednesday, the Frenchman met the Brazilian hero at the Miami Open presented by Itau.

“He's such a legend,” Monfils told “He is someone that when I was young, of course I was looking at him. He is a legend of the sport.”

Monfils has become a star in his own right on the tennis court. The fans’ favourite has won 12 ATP Tour titles and reached No. 6 in the PIF ATP Rankings.

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The 37-year-old found good form at Indian Wells, where he reached the fourth round. Monfils will play Dusan Lajovic in the Miami first round.

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