Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are arguably the biggest players in modern football and world heavyweight title challenger, Tyson Fury insist he wants to be a version of those two in Boxing.
The 27-year-old will fight Wladimir Klitschko for his WBA Super, IBF and WBO crowns and believes that a victory will make him equal to the two football greats.
“When Mike Tyson was world heavyweight champion, he would have ranked with the Messi’s and Ronaldo’s of today,” Fury said.
“Klitschko, he doesn’t rank up there with those superstars of today. Take him out of Germany and he’s not really that well known.
“But me, for instance, when I beat him, I can be a global phenomenon because of my personality, my boxing style and the way I conduct myself.
“I could be one of the most famous sporting stars in the country – in the world. A win over Wladimir Klitschko would put me right up there with those great players.”
The Manchester United fan also intends to make history by becoming first white world heavyweight champion from Britain since the legendary Bob Fitzsimmons in the 1890s.
“Britain has not had a white heavyweight champion of the world since Bob Fitzsimmons over a hundred years ago,” he said.
“I want to change that. I know how big a deal this is and I want to make history. I’m the Gypsy King and I want to be the first gypsy to win the world heavyweight title.”
Ronaldo and Messi has won the FIFA Ballon D’Or seven times between them with the latter winning four and are again favourites for this year’s award.