Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi has paid an emotional tribute to tennis legend, Roger Federer, praising him for his incredible career.

Federer had on Thursday announced his retirement from competitive tennis in a heartfelt social media post.

The upcoming Laver Cup in London will be Federer’s last ATP tournament.

Reacting, Messi, in a post on his Instagram account, described Federer as a genius who is an example for any athlete.

“A genius, unique in the history of tennis and an example for any athlete.

“All the best in your new stage, we will miss seeing you on the court making us enjoy, @rogerfederer,” Messi said.