Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi turns 33 today with the striker considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest player in the history of the sport. Messi has won everything there is to win both at club level and individually, leading Barcelona to 10 La Liga titles, six Copa del Rey's and four UEFA Champions League trophies.
On the personal front, the Argentinian has a slew of records to his name and is Barcelona's record goalscorer with 629 goals in just 722 appearances in all competitions while also winning a record six Ballon d'Or awards.
If there is one area where he is yet to taste success, then it is with the national team with Messi a losing finalist at the 2014 World Cup and the 2015, 2016 Copa America. Despite this there is no doubt that he will go down as one the greatest ever to grace the football field.
A number of past and present legendary players have been in awe of his talent and have spoken to the media praising his qualities.Let's take a look at the 10 best quotes on the man that is Lionel Messi.
1) "For me, to watch Messi play is a pleasure – it’s like having an orgasm – it’s an incredible pleasure." - Luis Figo
2) "This Barca will be remembered as Messi’s Barca. He’s well above anything else I’ve ever seen. He’s an alien." - Carles Puyol
3) "Messi is the best in the world without any doubt and for me the history of football." - Luis Enrique
4) "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." - Samuel Eto'o
5) "Messi is class. There is him, and then there is the rest. What he does is extraordinary." - Franck Ribery
6) "Who is the Best Player in the World? Leo Messi. Who is the Best Player Ever? Leo Messi." - Arsene Wenger
7) "Messi does not need his right foot. He only uses the left and he’s still the best in the world. Imagine if he also used his right foot, Then we would have serious problems." - Zlatan Ibrahimovic
8) "Fella’s a genius. Best ever by a distance in my life time. Never really saw Pele… Souness, Gullit, Venables and now Rooney agree Messi is the best they have seen. He plays a game with which we are not familiar." - Gary Linekar
9) “Is Messi a real player or a PlayStation character?” - Radamel Falcao
10) “Don’t write about him, don’t try to describe him. Just watch him" - Pep Guardiola