“Messi is the best player in the history of football, and that’s why I prefer Barça over Real Madrid” .
“Ronaldinho is better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but neither are as good as Leo Messi” .
“Who’s better, Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Messi. Ronaldo is good, but Messi is ten times better” .
Arda Turan :
“Messi or Ronaldo best player in the world? In the world, I would say Ronaldo. Messi is from another planet.”
Roy Keane :
“I was a big fan of Maradona growing up and of the current crop 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” .
Fabio Capello :
-“In my entire life I have never seen a player of such quality and personality at such a young age, particularly wearing the ‘heavy’ shirt of one of the world’s great clubs“ .
“The other day I saw one of his games. He was running with the ball at a hundred percent full speed, I don’t know how many touches he took, maybe five or six, but the ball was glued to his foot. It’s practically impossible” .
Sir Alex Ferguson :
“Critics have always questioned whether players like Pele from the 50s could play today. Lionel Messi could play in the 1950s and the present day, as could Di Stefano, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff because they are all great players. Lionel Messi without question fits into that category.”
Paulo Maldini :
“When I see Lionel Messi playing, I think he should win it (Ballon d’or) every year. I have no doubt. He is an unbelievable player”
Ryan Giggs :
“He is probably the best player of the last 20 years. He is such a slippery player. Because of his height and quickness he is difficult to pin down and his balance is exceptional”.
Van Basten :
“There is no doubt about it, Messi’s clearly the best player in the world. He’s a phenomenon who has already won everything, but is still hungry for more. His humbleness only makes him greater” .