NBA superstar Stephen Curry has admitted that he is a big fan of Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi.
The two global sporting stars are at the pinnacle of their respective sports, with the duo widely acknowledged as the best players on the planet in basketball and football.
Curry led the Golden State Warriors to the NBA Championship in 2014-15, being crowned the division’s MVP in the process.
The 27-year-old has started this campaign in blistering form and acted as a talisman for his team, who have become the first side to start an NBA season with 16 consecutive victories.
Despite his own achievements over the last 12 months, Curry has taken time out to speak of his admiration for another sports superstar, Messi, and compared himself to the South American.
“We both have a creative style, where it’s just about a feel when you’re out on the pitch or the court,” he told reporters after his side’s most recent win.
“I try to do some fancy things out there with both hands, making crossover moves and kind of having a certain creativity and flair to my game.
“And that’s definitely the style that Messi has when he’s out there in his matches. I love watching him play. I’m a big fan.
“And to see just a guy that you never know what he’s going to do at any particular moment – when he’s on TV, everybody is glued in because, as soon as he gets a touch with the ball, something special could happen. And you’ve got to appreciate that kind of talent.”
The Warriors will have the legendary 1971-72 LA Lakers team’s record of 33 consecutive wins in their sights, but Curry admitted that matching the west coast outfit’s landmark would take some doing.
“We’ve had like two 16-game winning streaks the last two years and those are pretty special feats,” the live-wire point guard continued.
“For us to have to double that output, I mean we’re going to play hard and hopefully close in on that record, but it won’t be a disappointing effort if we don’t get there.
“Because there are so many talented teams in this league and for us to just be playing at a high level right now that’s what we’re worried about. And if we close in and get to 29, 30 games, we’ll talk about it a little bit more.”