What Great Players And Managers Think About Lionel Messi

Pradeep Nepal

Lionel Messi, arguably the best player in the history of soccer, has earned many admirers in his more than a decade-long career. Some of the game's finest of the past and the present have showered the Argentine with genuine praises and recognitions. Here are some of the compliments that the Barcelona star has received by the game's brightest stars.

"Who's better, Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Messi. Ronaldo is good, but Messi is 10 times better."
"Messi, Maradona, and Pele are the three best players in the history."

"They tell me that all men are equal in God's eyes, this player makes you seriously think about those words."
"Is Messi a real player or a PlayStation character?"
"Who is the Best Player in the World? Leo Messi. Who is the Best Player Ever? Leo Messi."

"I like Messi a lot, he's a great player. Technically, we're practically at the same level."
"I like both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but I don't think there is a fair comparison here. Messi has been the best player around for the last 10 years and he is a guy who is much more present in the game overall. Cristiano reminds me a lot of the Brazilian Ronaldo. He's a great goalscorer and I had the pleasure to hand him the Ballon d'Or last year, but his passing is not a good as Messi and he is not as involved as Messi."
"Messi is a joke. For me the best ever."
"It feels good to be in the same generation as him. I believe he's the best player in the history of the sport."
"The best player in the world is Messi. The second best player in the world is an injured Messi — he has no equal."
"For me, to watch Messi play is a pleasure – it's like having an orgasm – it's an incredible pleasure."

"Lionel Messi is quite clearly the best player ever. It's a pleasure to pit myself against him and when I finish my career it's something I can look back on and know I've tested myself against the very best."
"Messi is better than Maradona; he is more complete, more consistent, more spectacular. He is reinventing the game – a mix of the real and the virtual."
"I am not crazy enough to compare myself with Messi because he is the best there ever was and the best there will ever be."
"I think he reached and surpassed the level of Maradona. He does incredible things, at a speed that is insane."
"Messi is the best player ever. And this is said by someone who has seen Maradona and Pele play."

"Messi is the best. There must be life out there somewhere, on some other planet. Because he is too good and we are just too bad for him."