Barcelona News: Lionel Messi is the best of all time, says former teammate

Is Lionel Messi the greatest ever to play the game of football?
Is Lionel Messi the greatest ever to play the game of football?
Varun Nair

What's the Story?

La Liga legend and former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid striker David Villa was recently quizzed by Reuters about who according to him was the greatest player ever to play the game.

In Case You Didn't Know

David Villa now plies his trade in the Japanese League with former Barcelona and Spanish teammate Andreas Iniesta after moving to Vissel Kobe during the winter transfer window after having spent 4 seasons in the MLS with New York City.

The Heart of the Matter

One of the greatest strikers ever to play in the La Liga, David Villa was recently quizzed about the who according to him was the greatest ever player to play the game of football.

According to a report by Marca, the Spanish icon reportedly told Reuters that he believes his former Barcelona teammate and Argentina star is the greatest ever.

Leo Messi is the greatest player of all time
Barcelona owes its success to his evolution, a direct style of passing play based on possession

The World Cup winner was quick to clarify why he picked the Argentine magician ahead of the many big names in football like Pele, Johan Cruyff and Argentina's own Diego Maradona.

Obviously with the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff, I didn't have the chance to watch them like I used to see Messi every day, in every game," he added.

But, in my opinion, Messi's the best

What's next?

Vissel Kobe will travel to the Saitama Stadium as they Uruwa Reds on Saturday while Villa's former team Barcelona will be hosting Manchester United at the Camp Nou in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after holding a slender 1-0 lead after the first leg.

Edited by Kingshuk Kusari
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