‘What I Love Most About Messi Is That He Always Has Three Options,’ Says Roger Federer

Roger Federer has praised Barcelona captain Lionel Messi for the devastating impact that he wields in matches.

The Swiss tennis superstar, 37, said that he was a big admirer of Messi's vision and how he always has three options available to him on the pitch.

"What I love about Messi probably most is when he gets the ball and is able to turn the body towards goal, and then he has full vision," he told the Financial Times.

"Then he's going to pass, or dribble, or shoot.

"There's always three options for him. He's one of the few who's got that."

And it's not the first time that Federer has spoken highly about the Argentine superstar, 32.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner has called Messi the best player in the world before -- and he once again committed himself to that statement.

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Credit: PA

"I think Messi is the best player in the history of football," he admitted.

"I love watching him play and I hope that one day he can win the World Cup with his national team [Argentina]."

Messi is currently on international duty with Argentina as they hope to capture the Copa América title.

But the Argentina captain's side started off in the tournament poorly after losing to Colombia in the first match and subsequently picked up a draw against Paraguay.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner voiced his frustration at their first two results and demanded that La Albiceleste turn their fortunes around.

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Credit: PA

And Lionel Scaloni's men would pick up a 2-0 win against Qatar and sealed a 2-0 victory over Venezuela on Friday in the quarter-finals.

But the Barcelona talisman came out after the quarter-final clash to slate the conditions of the pitches for his underwhelming performances.

Argentina will now play against Brazil in the semi-finals on Wednesday at the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto.

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Adnan Riaz

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