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Indeed, he's been so famous for being famous that it's easy to forget about the extraordinary gifts that spawned the celebrity.

He's become a true champion at Barcelona, selflessly in the shadow of Leo Messi, and you know how good he is when Pele starts muttering that no way can he become the new Pele.

You can wear gold-trimmed white blazers to walk on court and still carry it off.

Writers pen love letters to you, saying that seeing you play tennis is like a religious experience.

Of course, Barcelona's Messi is too modest to suggest this. We'll plump for the one in the 2015 Copa del Rey final when, from just inside the Athletic Bilbao half, he takes the ball on the right flank, weaves past four bamboozled players and beats the keeper at his near post.

She said she had gone ahead with her doubles match on Sunday – the Williams sisters lost the final set against Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-0 – because she had needed to know how she might be able to perform with the injury.

“I really felt like I needed to [play the doubles] because I was never going to know how I would feel under matchplay if I didn’t have that match,” she said. “Like I keep saying, I have given up so much to be here.

In 2013, a Japanese jeweler created a gold replica of his left foot valued at .25 million. Everyone knows that the real thing is actually priceless. Pure genius."He is the best player in the world by some distance. He can take advantage of every mistake we make." -- Arsene Wenger, Arsenal's manager, after Messi had scored four past them-- Ian Chadband The joyous boy from Brazil (and Barcelona) is only 24, but, goodness, he's already lived a life.

Global perspective on Messi's fame »You think Steph Curry's highlight reel is unreal? A dad at 19 while also becoming Brazil's footballing idol, he has been the most marketable athlete on the planet, the face of an entire World Cup and cover model for Vogue and Time.

I put everything on the court, all for this moment. I just feel like it’s only going to do better.” Looking ahead to Wimbledon and the north American hard-court season, climaxing in the US Open, Williams said: “I’m coming up on hopefully surfaces that are my absolute favourite to play on and that I do best on.

It’s really difficult to be in this situation, but I always try to think positive and just think of the bigger picture and hopefully the next events and the rest of the year.” She added: “I have been doing so good. Hopefully I can continue to heal and be able to play those events.” Williams said the muscle had been “really painful” against Goerges.

The fact that I physically can’t serve at all is a good indication that maybe I should just go back to the drawing board and stay positive and try to get better and not get it to a point where it could be a lot worse.

“It was a great effort to come back and it just showed all the hard work I put in for fitness and training and doing something that I love so much. We prepared a long time for this match.” Sharapova said she wished Williams “a speedy recovery” and added: “I was looking forward to my match against Serena today and am disappointed that she had to withdraw.” Williams’ withdrawal gives Sharapova a free passage into the quarter-finals, in which she will face Garbine Muguruza, the reigning Wimbledon champion.

Even your rivals can't bring themselves to hate you, you're so darn nice.

And all the time, you can only think to yourself in four languages: "You know, they're probably right."Winning the 15th of his record 17 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon in 2009.

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