Cesc Fabregas believes Lionel Messi is the perfect footballer, and is thankful he had the opportunity to play alongside him at Barcelona. The Spaniard played with Messi from 2011 to 2014, and believes his former teammate has no equal in the modern game.
Fabregas, who currently plays at Monaco in Ligue 1, also paid tribute to Thierry Henry, Carlos Puyol, and John Terry. He said: "From all the players that I played with? I don't really need to pick many, I will pick Lionel Messi and you have the perfect footballer right there. I don't have to go that far." (h/t Goal)
Fabregas added, "I would have the speed of Thierry Henry, the quality and intelligence of Messi, the heart of Carles Puyol or John Terry. The last pass, I don't think I will change that for anyone, I would stick to mine to be honest! That's the kind of player I look up to. I like to look at the very, very best and I was thankful always that God gave me the opportunity to play with the very, very best for many years."
Fabregas played with Messi for three years at Barcelona, winning six trophies, including one LaLiga title and the Club World Cup. The 33-year-old also scored 42 goals in 151 games, and recorded 50 assists, a high percentage of which were finished by Messi. He was also instrumental during the 2011-12 season, when Messi became the first player in history to score over 70 goals in a single campaign.