Pep Guardiola says Lionel Messi is the perfect participant of all time


Manchester Metropolis supervisor and Lionel Messi’s former coach Pep Guardiola has reiterated his perception that the Argentina captain is the best participant of all time.

Messi led Argentina to a primary World Cup triumph since 1986 at Qatar 2022, producing quite a few exceptional performances and moments of brilliance to emulate his hero and compatriot Diego Maradona.

It was the one trophy that had eluded Messi all through his illustrious profession and it was secured in probably the most nerve-shredding approach conceivable, as Argentina beat France on penalties after a chaotic 3-3 draw after additional time.

Messi scored two objectives and in addition took Argentina’s first penalty within the shootout in Sunday’s last.

Guardiola coached Messi at Barcelona from 2008 to 2012 – a workforce extensively thought of the best of all time – profitable a exceptional three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues in that four-year spell.

“Everyone has [an] opinion, but nobody can doubt that he’s there with the greatest of all time,” Guardiola informed reporters forward of Thursday’s Carabao Cup match between Metropolis and Liverpool.

“For me, I’ve stated many instances, he’s the perfect. It’s obscure {that a} participant can seem and compete what he has performed within the final 50 or 70 years.

“The individuals who noticed Pele, for instance, or [Alfredo] Di Stefano or [Diego] Maradona … they will say they’re my favourite as a result of usually these opinions are sentimental.

“But, on the other side, if he [Messi] wouldn’t have won the World Cup, the opinion of what he has done for the world of football, in my opinion, of how he is as a player wouldn’t have changed absolutely anything,” Guardiola added.

“For him, it is the final cherry on an incredible career.”