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.
#4 Carles Puyol
“This Barca will be remembered as Messi’s Barca. He’s well above anything else I’ve ever seen. He’s an alien." - Messi's former team-mate Carles Puyol
Carles Puyol has won all that there is to be won with Barcelona and Spain in a career that spanned over 15 years. He led the team through the golden times during Pep Guardiola and even he acknowledged that despite the presence of so many superstars, it was Lionel Messi's Barcelona, not Xavi's, not Villa's but Messi's.
#5 Zinedine Zidane
"He is always going forwards. He never passes the ball backwards or sideways. He has only one idea, to run towards the goal. So as a football fan, just enjoy the show." - Zinedine Zidane
The Real Madrid manager has to come up against Messi in El Clasico, despite having never lost to Barcelona during his managerial career but that hasn’t stopped the French legend from praising Cristiano Ronaldo’s arch-rival.
Zidane is one of the few players in the world to have won absolutely everything there is to be won including the Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Cup, Euro and the UEFA Champions League and as the great man said – “Just enjoy the show!”
#6 Roy Keane
"I was a big fan of Maradona growing up and of the current crop [Cristiano] Ronaldo is good but Messi is the best I’ve ever seen. I don’t dish out praise lightly but Messi deserves it. I look for weaknesses in his game and I can’t find them." - Roy Keane
Roy Keane is not a person to be taken lightly or fiddled with, he has proved that time and again on and off the pitch. The Manchester United legend was one of the most robust and combative midfielders of all-time and even he admitted that his former teammate and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was good but even he couldn’t match the level of Messi.
He even went on to make a bold statement that he tried to look for faults is the Argentine’s game but he couldn’t find one.Published 27 Feb 2017, 21:16 IST