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.
Pep Guardiola has always been a huge fan of Messi. He said this while being the Bayern coach.
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.
The former Barcelona midfielder has years of understanding with Messi and considers him the best player in the world.
Ahead of the 2015 UCL final, Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo was said that Lionel Messi’s talent has no limits.
The England record scorer in world cup has himself spent 3 years in Barcelona. After Messi’s masterclass in Barcelona’s 3-0 Champions League win over Bayern Munich in UCL 2015 semifinal, he drew acclaim from within football and beyond.
Gary Lineker – “It’s such a joy to watch Messi. The greatest!”
US President Barack Obama compared himself to footballing superstar Lionel Messi as he welcomed Major League Soccer Champions the Colorado Rapids to the White House in 2011.
After revealing that he does not know who Jack Wilshere is and claiming that he is better than Cesc Fábregas and Wayne Rooney, the ex-Manchester City striker finally admitted that Lionel Messi might be a tiny bit better than he is, after Balotelli was crowned as the best young player in Europe in 2010.
Again, the controversial Italian was all praise for Messi. This time, albeit, he didn’t compare himself to Messi.
Radamel Falcao, who in his prime, was devastating jokingly compared Messi to a playstation character in Fifa.
Jose Mourinho, whose team, Real Madrid has been at the receiving end of Messi’s magic a lot of times during his time as the coach of Madrid claimed the Argentine’s brilliance is usually the difference.
“First of all it’s about individual players. Just to give you an example, Messi won the Champions League with three different managers. I think it’s easier to win with him, than against him.”