Rafa Nadal has followed in the footsteps of his heroes at Real Madrid by securing ‘La Decima’ of his own at the French Open.
The Spaniard has enjoyed an era of dominance at Roland Garros, with few able to live with the ‘King of Clay’.
Nadal proved that once again on Sunday as he swept aside Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.
With a 10th title in Paris under his belt, the exploits of a remarkable sporting icon have been saluted by those operating in football circles.
Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who is being heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, led the tributes to Nadal by suggesting that his fellow countryman is “from another planet”.
Sergio Ramos saluted the achievement as "great", Santi Cazorla called his compatriot "the best in history", a view supported by Alvaro Arbeloa, while Barcelona defender Gerard Pique considers Nadal to be a "king on Earth".
Nadal now has 15 Grand Slam titles to his name and is one of only seven players to have won a career Grand Slam of French, US, Australian Open and Wimbledon crowns.