Pep Guardiola ³Put in the superlatives yourselves, I¶m running out.

It¶s already been a while now that he has been outstanding. He¶s more than decisive in every way. That he¶s capable of doing everything that he does at his age is something impressive, that doesn¶t make any sense. ³The best players are always in the thick of the action. (Michael) Jordan did it with the Bulls, (Kobe) Bryant does it with the Lakers and Leo does it here. We want him to stay with us because he¶s the best and we wouldn¶t swap him for anyone.´ ³Messi 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 ³I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi. Messi is a genius and he can become an even better player.´ ³His potential is limitless and I think he¶s got everything it takes to become Argentina¶s greatest player.´ ³Messi I think is like me, he is the best in the world along with Ronaldinho.´ Frank Rijkaard ³He¶s a unique player and he deserves it, because he can do things of almost imperceptible excellence and is a gem to watch.´ Johann Cruyff ³He 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 won¶t win a single Golden Ball, but an entire collection.´ Carlos Tevez ³His speed is astonishing. It¶s amazing how he can go 1 to 100 in just one second. I¶m constantly around great players like Cristiano and Rooney, But this guy 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 ± unbelievable to sum it up in a word.´ Juan Sebastian Veron

´ Fernando Gago ³For me. If it is 11 against 10 then you have almost no chance of stopping him. I always thank God that he is an Argentine. and because of the way he plays he is an undisputed leader of the Barcelona team. and we have a little bit of a rivalry. I¶d personally put him in a drawer of my bedside table.´ Gilberto ³Messi¶s plaudits are hard to accept.´ Antonio Cassano ³Ronaldinho is better than Cristiano Ronaldo. and that¶s hard for who is on the field. the best in the world is Messi because of the way he plays. one player to stay on him and the other to help out.´ Karl-Heinz Rummenigge ³Nobody was so wonderful at 19 years.´ Jose Mourinho ³The best way to stop Messi is when you play with 11 men and then you can double mark him. and because of what he demonstrates he is the best player in the world. It is a pleasure to watch him.³I see Maradona every time he grabs the ball and accelerates. but the friendship is larger and stronger. a very good person and we are very good friends.´ Sergio Aguero .´ ³Messi is the best player in the world by some way. I have known him since I was 18. with a strong mentality. but as a person too. he stated during a press conference. neither Pele nor Maradona. Over 40 thousand Brazilians applauded. Right now. Messi has incredible ability and I love the way that he plays. not just as a player. he is at another club. he is incredible. moves with the ball and changes matches. When I see them applauding Messi I get annoyed. Let¶s hope he doesn¶t change. We must protect him. we play in other countries and we do not see the local fans supporting our players there. but neither are as good as Leo Messi. different. Messi is brilliant.´ Theirry Henry ³I have the possibility to watch Messi in training each morning.´ Julio Grondona ³Without Messi there isn¶t a team for Argentina.

he is a mixture of Maradona and Cruyff. He is the best footballer in the world right now. And I¶m not the only who says so. Everyone who has seen him play says so too. in Messi. Since he began to come and train with us and we knew we would go down this path. Leo Messi reminds me more of Maradona. Our guys lose the ball and fold their arms. I should not because I have suffered so much in training. along with Kaká and Cristiano Ronaldo.´ Cesc Fabregas ³He has a great future if he can stay clear of injuries. Right now. there is nobody else like him.´ Pele ³I knew when we gave Kaka the FIFA World Player of the Year award that he (messi) would become the best player in the world. Messi is the best player in the world. Messi is better than Ronaldinho. He has his feet on the ground.´ Ronaldinho ³Every time he plays.³Nowadays.´ Carles Puyol ³He is a spectacular player.´ Marcello Lippi ³The best? Messi´ Daniel Alves .´ Juan Laporta ³This year at Barcelona team spirit is dominating but players like Messi show there is individuality too. He is a virtuoso player who is determined and fast with the ball at his feet«. both left-footed and short. With young people like him we need patience and that is the problem we have in Brazil. he is the best there is.´ Txiki Begiristain ³He is priceless. For us it is not a surprise. I think he is the best forward at the moment and I think he will be so for many more years.´ Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ³When I see Messi ± who is the best player in the world in my opinion ± lose the ball. For me. he runs off until he gets it back or commits a foul. Barcelona has the best soccer player on planet Earth. Someday I will explain that I was at the birth of one of the footballing greats: Leo Messi.

I have not seen Maradona so I cannot compare. [[Nb. Those who do not see that are blind. chanting his name from the first 10 minutes onward.´ Arsene Wenger ³He¶s like a PlayStation´ Unknown Some 51. like a video game. Messi did not play in this match]] . I have never seen a human run with the ball at that speed.´ Mikel Arteta ³It is as if someone commands him from the stands. so now I¶m pleased that we¶re on the same side. He was running with the ball at a hundred percent full speed. but Messi is simply unbeatable.´ Johnny Heitinga ³I believe that I played well against Barcelona. It¶s practically impossible!´ Xavi ³It is clear that Messi is on a level above all others.000 fans went to see Argentina play Serbia in soccer Wednesday night « They made it clear that they were there to see superstar Lionel Messi.´ Raul ³The other day I saw one of his games.³Lionel Messi? When I played against him at Sevilla it was always very difficult. maybe five or six. but the ball was glued to his foot. He¶s just fantastic. the problem was that Lionel Messi was simply unstoppable. I don¶t know how many touches he took.