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Vicente del Bosque: “Messi is the best in history”
Ray Hudson: “But the GOAT is wearing the number 10 in my book”
Denís Suárez:”Lionel Messi is the best player in the world.”
“Messi or Ronaldo?”

Ryan Fraser: “Messi.”
Santiago Solari: "Cristiano Ronaldo is the best footballer in the world, because Messi is playing another sport."
“Who was tougher to play against, Messi or Ronaldo?”

Ashley Cole: “I think it has to be Messi. Obviously, people talk about the Ronaldo comparison more because I played against him more. But no, I think to mark Messi was, you know, on his day, he was too good for me.”
Félix Sánchez Bas (Qatar national team manager): “Lionel Messi is the best player in the history of football.”
Me: “Is Messi the GOAT?”

Andrew Jean-Baptiste [@ajeanbaptiste92]: “Hell to the yeah”
Bastian Schweinsteiger: “The people that love football know Messi is the best.”
Sergio Gonzalez (Real Valladolid manager): “Messi is the best player in the world and I always love to see him on the pitch but he will also get rested one day so I hope this day is against us.”
@official433: “Leo Messi has now scored 30+ goals for 1️⃣1️⃣ seasons in a row 😱🔥”

Benjamin Verbič: 🐐
@official433: “Leo Messi has now scored 30+ goals for 1️⃣1️⃣ seasons in a row 😱🔥”

Youssoufa Moukoko: GOAT ❤️👊🏾
Benoît Trémoulinas: “In Spain, when you play Barça, you have nightmares of Messi the day before. Even in small spaces, against 2 or 3 players, he always finds the solution. He can eliminate 3 players with 1 pass, so for me he's the best player I've met”
Toughest opponent?

Eric Dier: “It’s a Messi Ronaldo debate isn’t it? I think Messi. When we played against Barcelona at Wembley, he was very special that day.”
“Messi or Ronaldo?”

Manuel Neuer: “Messi”
Frédéric Kanouté (ex Sevilla player): “We have come to a point where it becomes embarrassing not to admit that Messi is the 🐐 😬”
Carles Aleñá: “Messi? He's number one. Now I think a lot more than I did before playing with him. There's no competition, everyone should just admit he's the undisputed best.”
Wissam Ben Yedder via Twitter [@WissBenYedder]: “In this world, we might have won this game ... but there is a player from another planet who wanted it differently. Proud of the team, we never give up. Come on Sevilla ❤️”
Julio Salinas via Twitter [@juliosalinas19]: “Someone will say that he has not won a World Cup, that he does not triumph with Argentina etc etc and every year they will say that there is a player who deserves the golden ball [other than Messi], etc.” (1/2)
”But we will not see another player like Messi, it is impossible to improve his numbers, his statistics, his titles, his records, his ambition and his game” (2/2)
@official433: “WHAT. A. GOAL. 😱 @leomessi

Dion McGhee: “GOAT 🐐”
Joe Morrison via Twitter [@joefooty]: “Messi’s hat trick last night was simply a work of art......left foot volley, right foot curler, then a little touch of his brush to dink it over the keeper! - there will never be another player like him in my lifetime!”
Maduro Hedwiges via Twitter [@madurohedwiges]: “There is no discussion that Messi is the best player in the world. What an absolute genius this guy is. 🐐”
Nabil Fekir: “For me, Leo Messi is the best player in the world. I've already met him in the World Cup on the field. He has been at the top for ten years. He's decisive every year, and winning trophies and performing to the fullest for his team".
Marc Bartra: "Messi is gifted. He is from another world. For me, Messi is the best in the world and in history. Everything he does every year is from another world."
Jamie Carragher: “It was a privilege to be in the Nou Camp when Messi scored that magical second goal to flatten Bayern Munich. Quite simply, Messi has been the greatest player in the best club team we have ever seen.”
Andrés Guardado: “Barcelona have Messi who is far from everyone. I have said many times that he is the best player in the world and in history”
Matt Doherty via Twitter [@mattdoherty20]: “Messi the Goat 🐐”
Graeme Souness: “I’ve said it many times, for years I’ve said it. He is the greatest ever. Messi. And you just look at him there, the way he sits the best defenders in the world on their backsides on a regular basis... this is the best of the best for me.”
Sergio Canales: “We tried to play our football, but when Messi is in this form, what on earth can you do? He is the best player in the world.”
Ahmed Afify via Twitter [@Ahmed1Afify]: “The only absolute truth in football is that Messi is the greatest player in history”
Alex Morgan: “It’s such an honor to share the cover [FIFA 16] with Messi and to just be a part of the game moving forward”

“Wow with Messi! Did you process that?”

Alex Morgan: “It’s pretty amazing, the best footballer in the world. It’s amazing”
Achraf Ben Ayad via Twitter [@Benayadachraf]: “Refusing to admit Messi is the greatest ever just because the ball didn't go in against Germany just proves you're not qualified to judge him in the first place.”
David Garrido [@SkySportsDavid]: “There is just no debate any more. Messi is the greatest. 🐐”

Janusz Michallik [@JanuszMichallik]: “Never a debate.”
Adam Smithy [@SmithySoccerAM]: “⚽️ Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer of all time, bar none, every single day of the week 👏
#Messi #GOAT #Barcelona
Mootaz Chehade [@MHChehade]: “Running out of words to describe Leo Messi. 51 hat-tricks and counting for him. The greatest there is and probably ever will be.”
Ollie Harfield [@ollie_harfield]: “The Messi/Ronaldo debate has finally been settled and respected this week. Messi 👑 🐐”
Stephen Elliott [@SleevesElliott]: “Betis fans bowing to the goat #messi #best
Semra Hunter [@SemraHunter]: “#Messi just wasn’t having it...so he goes and scores his THIRD!! 🎩

His 2nd hattrick in Seville in less than a month. Even the Benito Villamarín has been brought to its feet, giving him a much deserved standing ovation. Unreal. 🐐”
*After Messi’s third vs Real Betis*

Simon Hamley: “Leo Messi, I think there are no arguments left, this is the greatest player to play this sport in the history of the sport”

Graham Hunter: “I believe that”

(Couldn’t provide a video of the goal because of copyright reasons)
Nathan Holland [@NHo11and]: “How many times does Messi have to confirm he’s the 🐐 ?”

Joe Powell [@JoePowell_10]: “I cant agree more with you 😍🐐”
😁✅
Manuel Lanzini: “Messi is the best player in the world and I am happy for his return to the team. Leo always offers different things and has the ability to win matches alone. We were all waiting for his return, he is the best in the world and we want him to stay here”
Tomás Rincón: "I think Messi is the man of the moment in the last 13 years of world football. In my humble opinion he is the best player in history."
Lúcio: "He's a player who scores, assists & has impressive ball control. He is a genius. You can’t predict what he will do. Cristiano Ronaldo has his motivation, his style, but Messi was the most difficult player I had to defend against in my entire career."
Simon Brundish [@SimonBrundish]: “There’s only one person. While he’s alive there is only Lionel Messi. There is no discussion. If you’re saying anybody else is the best player in the world, Messi’s had a broken leg for a year or he’s dead or you are lying.”
*choosing his greatest team of all time*

David Silva: “And up front I’d choose Messi. For me he’s the best of all time”
Edinson Cavani: “He’s a gift. In my career I honestly haven’t seen anyone play as good as Messi. He is the best in the world.”
Ronald Koeman: “Messi? He’s the best player of all time. The talk is of Pele, Cruyff, Messi, Maradona…no one has been as decisive as Messi. For the goals he’s scored, how he scored them. He’s the greatest player of all time.”
Dan Thomas [@DanThomasESPN]: “By the way, I think he [Messi] is [the greatest of all time]”
Darío Benedetto: "Messi is the best player in the world and we have to adapt as quickly as possible to him".
Dan Thomas: “Is Messi the GOAT?”

Bradley Wright-Phillips: “Yeah, for me he is.”
“Messi or Ronaldo?”

Jonson Clarke-Harris: “Messi”
Romário: “If I were to choose one to play together (as a ideal attacking partner), I would choose Messi. He is more genial... I prefer to see Messi more than Cristiano.”
Carlos Tevez: "It is difficult to criticize anyone today. If you criticize Messi, who is the number 1, imagine what we have left, right?"
Wu Lei: “Messi is the best player in the world. He's the greatest of all time.”
Paul Mariner: “Messi, in my opinion is the best player in the world at the moment”
“Messi or Ronaldo?”

Charles Martin Edwards (former Manchester United chairman): “Cristiano is a special player, an amazing player but I will choose Leo Messi, who unlike Ronaldo, always puts his team above everything”
Javier Calleja (Villarreal manager): “This is why Messi is the best in the world, that was a penalty for him. He should have stayed on the bench.”
“Who is the best player in the world?”

14 players from @ReadingFC & @ReadingFCWomen: “Messi”
Jan Oblak: “They scored two goals in the last 5 minutes.. but that’s Barca. They have great players, the best player in history [Messi] for me.”
Koke: “Ronaldo is an athlete, but Messi is a god. They're both great players. I see them on the pitch and it's spectacular. It's tough to decide. You always want them on your team, and even though it's Cristiano, I'd choose Messi.”
“Greatest player of all time?”

Samuel Umtiti: “Leo Messi”
Juan Mata: "I have never seen or witnessed anyone like Messi, he has no equal when it comes to executing the things that come to his mind. A player that marks an era in football is going to make us suffer over these next 2 games"
Victor Lindelöf: “He [Messi] is the best football player that we have today. And well, for me, he is also the greatest of all time. So of course I have watched him a lot.”
Jorge Burruchaga: “Messi is the best player in the world without a doubt.”
Virgil Van Dijk on facing Messi: “We know it’s going to be very hard. I think he’s [Messi] the best player in the world but we’ll see.”
Liam Rosenior: “Messi’s for me the greatest footballer of all time.”
“Who is your favorite football player?”

Mo Salah: “Messi”
“Favorite player of all time?”

David Neres: “Messi & Ronaldinho. They make me love football more.”
Mikel Merino: "The only thing I can say is that Messi is the best player in history, he shows it in every game. He is at another level. It will take a long time to see another like him. I hope he plays and can play against him."
Paolo Bandini (@Paolo_Bandini): “I don’t know what else there is to say on top of what you guys just said. In my opinion he’s [Messi] the best footballer I’ve ever watched in my lifetime.”
Andrew Robertson on facing Messi: "I don’t think you have to prepare any differently from any other game. Of course, you’re playing against a better player than you usual… he’s the best player in the world. We all need to be prepared because he drifts all over the pitch"
“Messi or Ronaldo?”

Aaron Ramsey: “Messi”
James Maddison [@Madders10]: “Im honestly so grateful to be in the same era as Lionel Messi and to watch him live on my television 😂🐐”
Alan Smith: “It’s majestic from the best player in the world.”
Ben Goodliffe [@bengoodliffe11] on Instagram: “One word... Messi 🐐”
James Norwood [@jnorwood_10]: “That’s Why he’s the GOAT...”
Víctor Font [@victor_font]: “5th best player in the world, right @francefootball? Good night!

🐐⚽️”
Jeffrey Schlupp [@Jeffrey_Schlupp]: “MESSI. HATTRICK. #BestEver
Jack Payne [@Jackopayne1]: 🐐
Carli Lloyd [@CarliLloyd]: “So special to be able to watch a player like Messi. May never get to see someone at his level again in my lifetime. He is on another planet. #messi
Ray Parlour: “I’ve always thought he [Messi] was the best in the world.”

Best ever?

Ray Parlour: “Yeah, definitely”
Peter Crouch on Messi: "Put it this way: if he dropped back down the pitch, he would become the best midfielder of all time.”
Martin Tyler: “The fans are worshipping him, and you can understand why. He’s a god of the game. THE god of the game.”
Raphael Honigstein [@honigstein]: “In ‘86, Maradona, he became an icon. Is that to say that he was the best player ever? He was but he’s no longer because Messi has surpassed him in any measurable sense”
Dan Thomas [@DanThomasESPN]: “Is Messi the best ever?”

Matteo Bonetti [@TheCalcioGuy]: “In my lifetime that I’ve watched, I think Messi is the best ever.”
@Meshari: “Milito, for you, Messi or Maradona?”

Diego Milito: “Messi. Messi”
“Messi or Ronaldo?”

Konstantinos Mavropanos: “I think it’s really close but, Messi”
Dani Parejo: "I did not see Maradona, but for me Messi is the best player of all time without a doubt. He is the player who can determine the game at any time."
“Who do you think will win the Ballon d’Or?”

Kylian Mbappe: “Messi. Despite the elimination [against Liverpool] it does not change that he has been the best player in the world this year”
Harry Winks: “To play against him [Messi] was an honour. The result takes away a lot of the enjoyment from the game, but in years to come, when I look back and say I played against, in my opinion, the greatest player to ever play football, it will be a proud moment”
Michel Platini: “At this time the favorite [for the Ballon d’Or] is Messi, but we are still in June, we still have a lot of time. But currently the level of Leo Messi despite the defeat against Liverpool, is so much better than any other player.”
Daniel James [@Daniel_James_97]: “Never in doubt! The best ever❤️ #Messi
Radamel Falcao: “If Messi scores once, he will be asked to score two. If he converts a freekick, they will say that the wall wasn’t alligned correctly. If Argentina loses, it will be his fault. But that’s the price you have to pay for being the best in the world.”
Ronaldo or Messi?

John Obi Mikel: “Messi all day. All day. All day. For me he’s from a different planet. I’m so grateful to have played with him from U-20’s we started playing together. I’ve played against him so many times. I’m so privileged to have done that.”
Tostão: "The best player in the world is clearly Messi. He is very complete. He is a masterful passer, a masterful scorer and a masterful dribbler. He is so good that I believe that there is a part of the Brazilian fans that wants him to win the Cup.”
Rafael Dudamel (Venezuela manager): "For me, Messi is the best player in history. No matter if he wins titles or not, with everything he’s already won, it’s a background thought."
Tite: “Messi is the best player in the world” [@FCBW_A7]
Thiago Silva: “It is always difficult to face him [Messi] because no matter how much you study, you will never understand his quality and the difference he can make. For me, he’s the greatest player in history, and the best I’ve ever seen.”
Gabriel Jesus: “In my lifetime, I have seen very few of those that are said to be the best player in history. Messi, for me, is the best I have ever seen.”
“Who is the best player you’ve played against?”

Lasse Schöne: “Well, I’ve played against Messi a couple times. The guy is from another world for me. I will have to say Messi. He is just incredible. Best player ever for me, so I have to say him.”
Álvaro Recoba: "Messi has been at the top for 15 years. People can say: 'but he hasn't moved from Barcelona.' And yes, but his teammates have changed, and he's still there. For me, Messi is the best of all the times.”
Junior Firpo: "Messi is the best in the world by far, there is no doubt. I always say it when talking about the Ballon d'Or: 'At the beginning they had to give it to Messi and then create a new prize for the rest and see who deserves it more.'"
“Out of the other players who play in the same position as you, who do you admire the most?”

Nicolas Pépé: “Lionel Messi. Because he is simply the best player in the world."
Guy Mowbray: “It had to be Lionel Messi and when it is Lionel Messi, it is always always special. The greatest player the game has ever known”
Juliano Belletti [@julianobelletti]: “Absolutely fantastic! The best EVER!”
“Sporting hero?”

Scott McTominay: “Messi”

Axel Tuanzebe: “You already know”

Scott McTominay: “100%”

Axel Tuanzebe: “100%”

Scott McTominay: “Greatest of all time”
“Is the better footballer Cristiano or Messi?”

Mathias Pogba: “Messi 😁”
“Is he [Messi] the best in history for you?”

Javier Balboa: “Just another day at the office. He’s the greatest ever. The way he interprets what he has to do depending on his position & what the team needs, I think he’s unique”
Javier Mascherano: "[Messi] is indispensable, but the rest of us are dispensable. We're talking about the best player in history, for this club and for the sport. The club is bigger than any manager, than any player... except Leo. That's the reality, and you have to accept it”
Andrea Masiello: “I’ll be honest, I would love for us to draw Barcelona in the Champions League group stage, as we’d be up against the best team in the world and the best player in Lionel Messi.”
“Most difficult opponent ever?”

Joël Veltman: “I played against a lot of players, like Zlatan, Ronaldo & Messi. But I think Messi is the best I have ever faced”
Peter Crouch [@petercrouch]: “Right, Messi or Ronaldo?”

Andrew Cole [@vancole9]: “Messi”
El-Hadji Diouf: "The greatest player of all time? Leo Messi: better than Pele, better than Maradona … and even better than me! (laughs). What he can do is beyond remarkable. He's an extra-terrestrial."
Rio Ferdinand [@rioferdy5]: “Messi or Ronaldo?”

Martin Keown [@martinkeown5]: “No disrespect to Ronaldo of course, but I think Messi is better though”
“Maradonna or Messi?

Lisandro Martinez: “Both.”

“You have to choose.”

Lisandro Martinez: “Messi.”
Mason Mount: "I was just watching Messi the whole game (2012 CL semifinal). I remember he walked around a bit and then when he got the ball, he just lit up. He comes alive. Even though I was Chelsea I was just watching him, the best player in the world."
Diego Martinez: “He [Messi] is the best in the world, and if he gets another match where he can rest, it wouldn’t be bad.”
Quim Domenech [@quimdomenech]: “Messi is the best of all time.”

[Via @FCBW_A7]
Peter Crouch [@petercrouch]: “Messi or Ronaldo?”

Tony Adams [@TonyAdams]: “Messi. Makes goals and scores goals.”
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