Imagine how much bigger soccer would be in the United States if everyone’s first fan experience was like Rob Gronkowski’s.

The 27-year-old tight end and member of the Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots “had a blast” at Wednesday night’s 6–1 Barça rout of Sporting at Camp Nou.

When queried as to how big of a fan he was, he replied: “I’m a huge fan now!”


Gronkowski, it appears, is sold.

Asked who his favorite player was, the answer seemed inevitable. “I’m going to have to go with Messi,” he said. “I just met him today, and he was super cool.”

But how does the legend of Leo, the four-time Champions League and five-time Ballon d’Or winner, stack up to Gronkowski’s superstar teammate, the Patriots quarterback Tom Brady — who, by the way is a five-time Super Bowl champ and four-time NFL MVP?

“Brady all the way,” Gronkowski said. “He’s the man.”

Check out the video, in which the four-time All-Pro tight end talks about his first soccer game, Barça’s popularity among his Patriots teammates, and his admiration for the work ethic exhibited by both Messi and Brady.

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