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15 greatest quotes on Lionel Messi

  • Although words cannot do him any justice, Messi's peers and managers have been effusive in their praise for the Argentinian phenom.
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 09:54 IST
Lionel Messi
If you could describe Messi in one word

Years from now, when football is discussed in local pubs, on national television or in boardrooms – one name will always be part of it along with the usual suspects i.e. Pele, Maradona, Zidane etc. The name of a diminutive Argentine that enchanted the world with his fleet-footedness and his – never seen before like – close control of the ball.

Lionel Andres Messi is arguably the greatest footballer of all time, well you don’t have to take my word for that, greats of the beautiful game along with other accomplished selfs from different walks of life have all witnessed his magic and acknowledged it.

So without further gilding the lily, here are the best quotes from legends on the little genius that is Messi:

#1 Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff

"For the world of football, Messi is a treasure because he is a role model for children around the world… Messi will be the player to win the most Ballons d’Or in history. He will win five, six, seven. He is incomparable. He’s in a different league." - Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff has been known to be the biggest advocate of Total Voetbal (Total Football) and has been credited for making Barcelona the football club that they are today.

The Dutch legend foretold that Messi is going to dominate world football and although the Argentine has only won 5 Ballon d’Ors so far, there is nothing stopping him from winning two more, or who knows even 3.

#2 Hristo Stoichov

Hristo Stoichov Lionel Messi

"Once they said they can only stop me with a pistol. Today you need a machine gun to stop Messi." - Hristo Stoichkov


The FC Barcelona legend – widely regarded as the greatest Bulgarian footballer of all time – disclosed what he thinks is a successful way of stopping Lionel Messi. However, there are no guarantees as this has not been tried and tested.

The original ‘El Pistolero’ won the Ballon d’Or in 1994 for his exploits with Barcelona and if a pistol was required to stop a one-time Ballon d’Or winner, it is only apt that a machine gun is required to stop Messi.  

#3 Romario


“Newton and Einstein had a certain level of autism - I hope that, like them, Messi surpasses himself every day and continues to give us his beautiful brand of football." – Romario

The 1994 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner didn’t hold back while praising Lionel Messi, even going as far as comparing the fleet-footed Argentine to Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.

Considered by many to be on a level similar to Pele, Romario has won almost all there is to win and despite being a Brazilian even he acknowledged the brilliance of Lionel Messi.

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