Wisdom Boakye   2022-06-25   28 Valid views

Celebrating Messi's 35th birthday: The best quotes about the Argentine legend from players and coaches 



"The purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life off our souls," Pablo Picasso once said. 

Lionel Messi has been tasked with creating art for thousands of people all over the world for nearly two decades. 


We can't say anything new about Leo that hasn't already been said. As such, we direct you to some of the most beautiful words ever spoken about Argentina. 

"He is the best player I have ever seen," says Pep Guardiola. What I like best about him is not what he does, but how simple he makes everything appear. He is not simply the best player because he can dribble past opponents.


"Messi is without a doubt the best player in the world," says Diego Simeone. He is the deciding factor. He's crucial; he sets the pace and directs the team's attack." 

"I've coached a few really good players," Jürgen Klopp says. My father liked Pele, but Messi is the best." 


"Messi is the god of football," says Jose Mourinho. You're dead when Messi has the ball one on one." 

"We give him the ball and stand back and watch," Thiago Alcantara says. People frequently tell me that they saw Pele and Maradona play. I'll be able to say in the future, "I saw Messi play." 

"He sees passes that most people can only see while watching the game on TV, not ones that you can see in real life," ex-Barcelona manager Tata Martino said.


"For the world of football, Messi is a treasure because he is a role model for children all over the world," says Johan Cruyff. Messi will have won the most Ballons d'Or in history. He'll win five, six, and seven. He is unrivaled. He's in another league." 

"I played with Messi, who is one of the greatest footballers of all time in my opinion, and he is my football idol," Neymar says. 

"Who is the Best Player in the World?" asks Arsene Wenger. Messi, Leo. Who is the greatest player of all time? Messi, Leo." 



Javier Mascherano: “Although he may not be human, it’s good that Messi still thinks he is.”

Samuel Eto’o: “Messi is God, as a person and even more as a player. I knew him when he was a boy and I’ve watched him grow. He deserves it all.”

Romario: “Newton and Einstein had a certain level of autism – I hope that, like them, Messi surpasses himself every day and continues to give us his beautiful brand of football.”

Diego Maradona: “I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi. Messi is a genius.”

Albert Ferrer (Former Barcelona and Chelsea star): “I played with Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Laudrup and Stoichkov but Messi is the best I’ve seen.”



Gerard Pique: “It feels good to be in the same generation as him. I believe he’s the best player in the history of the game.”

John Terry: “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.”

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… Before a game, you can plan for everything. But Messi can produce a move that no-one expects and change the game in an instant.”

Mario Gomez: “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.”

Adriano Galliani (AC Milano Chief): “Messi is the best player ever. And this is said by someone who has seen Maradona and Pele play.”

Felipe Scolari: “The only bad thing about Ronaldo’s life is Messi. If it was not for him, Ronaldo would be the best player in the world for five years in a row.”

Allegri: “For me, Messi is the best player in the world.”

Pochettino: “Messi doesn’t surprise me. He is the best in the world. With a lot of space it is unbelievable how he runs and dribbles.”

Luis Enrique: “Messi is Matrix. He’s able to stop the time and do whatever he wants. Apart from him, I have never seen anyone doing that. He is the best I’ve ever seen.”

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.”


"Messi doesn't need his right foot," says Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He only uses his left hand and is still the world's best. Imagine if he also used his right foot. We'd be in big trouble." 

"He's a genius," says Gary Lineker. By far the best I've ever seen in my life. I've never seen Pele... Messi is the best they have seen, according to Souness, Gullit, Venables, and now Rooney. He's playing a game we're not familiar with." 

"Messi defies the laws of anatomy; he must have an extra bone in his ankle," says Carlos Bilardo, Argentina's World Cup winner in 1986.

"Who is better, Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?" asks Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Messi. Messi is ten times better than Ronaldo." 

"Messi has a divine gift," says Dani Alves.


"Messi is better than Maradona; he is more complete, consistent, and spectacular," says Tosto. He's reinventing the game, making it a hybrid of the real and the virtual." 

"He is the best in the world," says Bacary Sagna. When he plays football, it appears to be simple." 

"I wear the number 10 jersey for the US National Team in honor of the greatest athlete I have ever seen: Messi," says Kobe Bryant.