Lionel Messi, the Argentine forward, is an extraordinary footballer and a once in a lifetime player. He has taken the world of football by storm and has been surprising the world by his stunning and dazzling performances. Here we have compiled of what Greatest Players think about Lionel Messi?
1. Diego Maradona:
Diego Maradona is the biggest footballing icon in Argentina. He is considered as a footballing God in Argentina as he managed to win a World Cup with the country. When he saw young Lionel, he was very much amazed and inspired by him. He thought that Messi could be his heir apparent in Argentina.
Ronaldinho was Barcelona’s best player after he was brought in by the club. He carried Barcelona’s attack for several years and has played with Messi for 4 years under Frank Rijkaard. Ronaldinho knew Messi was a genius and that he was going to be the best player in the world. When the Brazilian won the world player of the year, he said that he was not even the best in his club. He pointed towards Messi for being the best.
Once Kobe Bryant stated in his interview that Ronaldinho once said him that he is going to introduce him to a player who is going to be the best player in the world. Bryant relucted and said that Ronaldinho you are the best. But Ronaldinho insisted that this guy is better. That person was Messi.
3. Pep Guardiola:
When Guardiola signed as the manager of FC Barcelona in 2008 replacing Frank Rijkaard, he made Messi the focal point of Barcelona’s attack and got rid of Deco and Ronaldinho, who were the driving force of Barcelona formerly. Guardiola was a huge admirer of Messi and brought Messi to his full potential. Both ruled the football world together winning the treble in 2008/09. Guardiola was huge admirer of Messi’s beautiful style of play and once said:
“Don’t try and describe him, don’t write him. simply watch him play.”
After Guardiola joined Bayern Munich, and his current and former club drew in the semi-final stage of UCL in 2015, Guardiola was asked about his plan to stop Messi but he replied:
“It is impossible. The only thing you could do is to try to restrict his movement on the pitch. But it is not possible to stop him.”
4. Johan Cruyff:
Cruyff’s name stands with the greatest players of all time. He was a man with philosophy who changed Barcelona and built his dream team and laid the foundation of club’s famous La Masia academy. He had the philosophy of playing beautiful football and he considered Messi as his best pupil. He commented on Messi-Ronaldo comparison, backing up Messi:
“Messi is way a lot of a team player than Cristiano is. He scores however additionally produces lots of assists. for me as a player, Messi is the best. there’s an enormous distinction in being simply an excellent goalscorer and being the best player. Messi deserves Ballon d’Or.’
5. Xavi Hernandez:
Xavi is one of the best midfielders in the game and is one of the most famous productions of La Masia academy. He has played with Lionel Messi at Barcelona since 2015 when he departed from the club for the middle east club “Al-saad”. Messi and Xavi together created the greatest football duo in the history. He was also a huge admirer of Lionel Messi and his abilities.
“If you love football, you can’t hate Messi.”
6. Luis Enrique:
The new coach of Barcelona that won the treble in his first season with the club was also a former Barcelona player. He, in his press conference, stated:
“Messi is the best player in the world and it’s not just in the recent times but in my eyes he is the best player in the history of football.”
7. Hristo Stoichkov:
Hristo Stoichkov is a former Barcelona player who was quick and had a similar style of play as Lionel Messi’s. He is a Lionel Messi fan and thinks of him as the best. Back in his days, it was said that Hristo could only be stopped by a pistol. He said about Messi that a machine gun is needed to stop the little Argentine.
8. Ray Hudson:
The renowned commentator Ray Hudson is a very big Messi lover and this thing is observed from his commentary during Messi’s games.
“Where the insane becomes the routine with this man. He is nothing less than a ball whisperer.”
9. Arsene Wenger:
Arsenal’s great coach Arsene Wenger is a one who tried to sign Messi a lot of times and is a huge admirer of him. Once during his interview, he claimed Messi to be the best player ever. He was asked that who is the best player in the world and who is the best player of all times. He replied “Lionel Messi” to the answer of the questions.
Arsene Wenger commented on Messi’s solo goal against Real Madrid in UCL semi-final in 2011:
“We all play football and we know how hard it is not just to score a goal but to take the ball in the middle part and get pass everybody and score. Then you can say well done my friend I haven’t seen many players do that.
Messi’s rival for the title of greatest of all time, Pele is also one of those who like Messi’s play and prefer him over Ronaldo.
“Right now Messi is the best. We’re at the same level.”
List of players used in article ” Greatest Players Think About Lionel Messi “
- Diego Maradona
- Pep Guardiola
- Johan Cruyff
- Xavi Hernandez
- Luis Enrique
- Hristo Stoichkov
- Ray Hudson
- Arsene Wenger