Quotes about Lionel Messi

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – “Nobody was so wonderful at 19 years, neither Pele nor Maradona.”

Fernando Gago – “For me, the best in the world is Lionel Messi because of the way he plays, moves with the ball and changes matches, Messi has incredible ability and I love the way that he plays.”

Theirry Henry – “I have the possibility to watch Leo Messi in training each morning, and because of what he demonstrates he is the best player in the world, he stated during a press conference. It is a pleasure to watch him, and because of the way he plays he is an undisputed leader of the Barcelona team.”

Antonio Cassano – “Ronaldinho is better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but neither are as good as Messi.”

Sergio Kun Aguero – “Nowadays, Leo Messi is better than Ronaldinho. He is the best footballer in the world right now. And Iím not the only who says so. Everyone who has seen him play says so too.”

Pele – “I knew when we gave Kaka the FIFA World Player of the Year award that Leo Messi would become the best player in the world. With young people like him we need patience and that is the problem we have in Brazil.”

Juan Laporta – “This year at Barcelona team spirit is dominating but players like Lionel Messi show there is individuality too. Messi is a virtuoso player who is determined and fast with the ball at his feetÖ.he is a mixture of Maradona and Cruyff.”

Carles Puyol – “Leo Messi is a spectacular player, there is nobody else like him. I should not because I have suffered so much in training. I think he is the best forward at the moment and I think he will be so for many more years. He has his feet on the ground.”

Cesc Fabregas – “Leo Messi has a great future if he can stay clear of injuries. For me, he is the best there is.”

Ronaldinho – “Every time he plays, Lionel Messi reminds me more of Maradona, both left-footed and short, Messi is the best player in the world, along with Kak· and Cristiano Ronaldo. For us it is not a surprise. Since he began to come and train with us and we knew we would go down this path. Someday I will explain that I was at the birth of one of the footballing greats: Leo Messi.”

Txiki Begiristain – “Leo Messi is priceless. Right now, in Messi, Barcelona has the best soccer player on planet Earth.”

Marcello Lippi – “The best? Lionel Messi”

Dani Alves – “Lionel Messi? When I played against him at Sevilla it was always very difficult, so now Iím pleased that weíre on the same side. Heís just fantastic.”

Mikel Arteta – “It is as if someone commands him from the stands, like a video game. I have never seen a human run with the ball at that speed. I have not seen Maradona so I cannot compare, but Leo Messi is simply unbeatable.”

Raul Gonzalez – “The other day I saw one of his games. Messi was running with the ball at a hundred percent full speed, I donít know how many touches he took, maybe five or six, but the ball was glued to his foot. Itís practically impossible!”

Xavi Hernandez – “It is clear that Leo Messi is on a level above all others. Those who do not see that are blind.”

Johnny Heitinga – “I believe that I played well against Barcelona, the problem was that Messi was simply unstoppable.”

Arsene Wenger – “Messi is like a PlayStation”

Carlos Tevez – “His speed is astonishing. Itís amazing how he can go 1 to 100 in just one second. Iím constantly around great players like Cristiano and Rooney, But Leo Messi is just a step up above every other great footballer out there at the moment, Not only is he quick, determined, and extremely intelligent on the ball, but his movement off the ball is just as fantastic ñ unbelievable to sum it up in a word.”

Juan Sebastian Veron – “I see Maradona every time he grabs the ball and accelerates. We must protect him. Iíd personally put Leo Messi in a drawer of my bedside table.”

Gilberto – “Lionel Messiís plaudits are hard to accept, we play in other countries and we do not see the local fans supporting our players there. Over 40 thousand Brazilians applauded, and thatís hard for who is on the field. When I see them applauding Messi I get annoyed.”

Julio Grondona – “Without Lionel Messi there isnít a team for Argentina, Messi is brilliant, different, with a strong mentality. Letís hope he doesnít change.”

Jose Mourinho – “The best way to stop Lionel Messi is when you play with 11 men and then you can double mark him, one player to stay on him and the other to help out. If it is 11 against 10 then you have almost no chance of stopping him.”

Michal Kadlec – “When you play against such a player like Lionel Messi, then you always want his shirt”

Pep Guardiola – “Leo Messi is an irreplaceable player, today if he was here we would have won 5-0 but he was not and we had to play another in his place.”

Diego Maradona – “I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Leo Messi. Lionel Messi is a genius and he can become an even better player.”

Frank Rijkaard – “Messi is a unique player and he deserves it, because he can do things of almost imperceptible excellence and is a gem to watch.”

Johann Cruyff – “Messi deserves ten out of ten for doing what he does. He is a sensation, but still he can improve. He must know when to move the ball on quickly and when to try the impossible mission. When he learns this, he wonít win a single Golden Ball, but an entire collection.”