Rafael Nadal is battling to win an incredible 14th French Open title, but his mind might be preoccupied this week.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion is at home at Roland Garros and loved by fans in Paris.
But his beloved Real Madrid will play their Champions League final with Liverpool on Saturday May 28 and he is a devoted fan of the La Liga giants.
Nadal will get up no matter where he is in the world to watch Real Madrid in action.
The Spaniard doesn’t just plan to watch the game, he even has a ticket to the final, which, by the way, is in Paris.
“I’m here to play Roland Garros… but I have my tickets ready,” he said last week.
Nadal might be a Real Madrid superfan, but he also has strong ties to their rivals Barcelona.
His uncle Miguel Angel was a Barca hero who won the European Cup with the club in 1992 alongside current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola while also playing with Brazilian legend Ronaldo.
He played over 200 times for the Catalan club, also winning five LaLiga titles during his eight years at Camp Nou.
As a child, the tennis star went to train at the club and his family did not make him forget the time he put on a jersey from the rival club.
He writes in his book My Story: “I often went to see him play, but I especially remember that he took me to the Camp Nou in Barcelona, the biggest in Europe, when I was ten years old, to play with half a dozen members of the first team after the end of their official training session.
“I was wearing a Barcelona shirt that day. It will be a long time before my family stops teasing me about it because, despite the adoration of my uncle Miguel Angel, I have always been and always will be a fan of Real Madrid.
“As everyone knows, Real and Barca are the two fiercest rivals in world football.
“Why am I a real fan? Simple. Because my father is, which gives you the measure of the extent of his influence on me as a person.
Nadal was a talented footballer as a child and he dreamed of becoming a professional.
In his book, he also revealed his efforts to follow Real Madrid games.
He wrote: “Football was my passion as a child, and remains so today. I can go to a tournament in Australia or Bangkok, and if there’s a big Real Madrid game on TV at five o’clock in the morning, I wake up to watch it – even, sometimes, if I have a game later in the day .
“And I will build my training schedule for the day, if need be, around the time of the games. I am a fanatic.
He continued: “My dream then, like so many boys in Spain, was to be a professional footballer. Although I was also playing competitive tennis, from the age of seven, and doing well, I I was always more nervous before a football game.
“I guess it was because I wasn’t playing for myself; I felt a sense of responsibility towards my teammates.