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What they are saying about Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is arguably one of the best football players I’ve ever seen, if not the best. I can’t compare him to Pele because I never really say him play ‘live’. Most of the footage has been recordings in black and white which hardly does him any justice, they say. Maradona was brilliant as well and set the World Cup alight with his magic dribbling skills, along with his infamous ‘hand of God’.

But Messi is the modern footballer and for me is the best I’ve seen, and last night’s performance cemented my thoughts and opinion. Others may differ but you can’t take anything away from him. He has it all.  Skill, flair, you name it, and most importantly is his gracefulness for the game. And that seals it for me. Enough said.

Below are excerpts taken from top players and mangers in the game describing Lionel Messi. My favourite is Pep Guardiola’s.

Pele
“Nobody did what Pele did. “Being champion of the world at 17-years-old, won three World Cups, scored more than 1,208 goals, only him. Pele is the best. You can mention players that played for 10 years, for example [Franz] Beckenbauer, [Michel] Platini, [Eric] Cantona, Bobby Charlton, George Best, then come [Diego] Maradona, Zico. Those players used to play a long time. Now the players they play one year, two years, then disappear.”

Arsène Wenger
“Messi’s like a PlayStation. He can take advantage of every mistake we make. He made the impossible possible. He has something exceptional. He has six or seven years in front of him, touchwood that nothing happens to him, and he can reach unbelievable levels. In the biggest games, exceptional players still make the difference. Messi is the best player in the world, and by a distance.”

Pep Guardiola
“It’s frightening at 23 he is to be the third-highest goalscorer of a club that’s a century old. We are lucky to have him. Put in the superlatives yourselves, I’m running out.”

Hristo Stoichkov
“Once they said they can only stop me with a pistol but today you need a machine gun to stop him.”

Luis Figo
“For me, to watch Messi play is a pleasure – it’s like having an orgasm – it’s an incredible pleasure.”

Ruud Gullit
“He is already the best in the world and it is also all about the work he does without the ball. He wants to tackle back and get the ball. He is an exceptional talent. I still think Diego Maradona is the best player I have ever seen – but Messi is closing in fast. He’s a wonderful sight in full flight and we are lucky to have him around.”

Diego Maradona
“I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Lionel Messi. Messi is a genius and he can become an even better player. His potential is limitless and I think he’s got everything it takes to become Argentina’s greatest player.”

Carles Puyol
“He is a spectacular player, there is nobody else like him. I should know because I have suffered so much in training.”

Ander Herrera
“I’m not sure he’s human.”

Xavi
“It is clear that Messi is on a level above all others. Those who do not see that are blind.”

Sir Alex Ferguson
“Well, I had Ronaldo here as a player and I think he is the best player in the world. He can play with both feet, he has fantastic skill, strength and bravery, and he’s a greater header of the ball. But Messi is an absolutely fantastic player also. It’s difficult to choose between the two, it’s the toss of a coin.”

3 Comments

  1. jasonj says:

    The boys a genius….fullstop….U can see his luv,enjoyment of the game when he plays..only needs to win a world cup to be crowned the best

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