can´t take anything from

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"You can´t take anything from Nadal" (Nadal is a tennis player). What does it mean?
 

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You can't criticise him- he's good in every way.
 

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Two questions: 1) Besides athletes, can I use this expression to refer to people and professionals in general? Politicians, teachers, classmates?
2) Is the sentence only used in negative sentences? Could I say: You can take something from Maradona ?
 
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1 Yes
2 That doesn't really work for me.
 
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