Lionel Messi, 5 time Ballon d’Or winner is hailed as one of the finest to play the sport ever. His contributions to his club, Barcelona as well as to his national side is immeasurable.

Messi, 29, has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with Spanish side Barcelona. His only major international honour is Olympic gold at the 2008 Games.

Messi had scored five times at this year’s Copa America, including a hattrick and a sublime free-kick in the semi-final win over hosts the USA.

That goal made him his country’s record scorer with 55 goals, eclipsing the 54-goal mark of striker Gabriel Batistuta.

Messi has been a consistent performer throughout the last 10 years and has been one of the best players in the world.

We take a look at the top 10 quotes by football and other famous personalities on the Argentine football prodigy.

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Pep Guardiola has always been a huge fan of Messi. He said this while being the Bayern coach.

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Messi praised Rooney as one of the best English footballers on the planet but in 2012, Rooney had only words of praise for Messi on Twitter. Rooney, who has played with Messi’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo , is an ardent admirer of Messi.

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