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Pep Guardiola says it is 'almost impossible to imitate' what Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have done

Ali Shibil Roshan
Pep Guardiola faces PSG, who has Lionel Messi in their ranks, in Champions League
Pep Guardiola faces PSG, who has Lionel Messi in their ranks, in Champions League / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, insisting it will be 'almost impossible to imitate' what the Portuguese and the Argentine have done in their storied career.

Messi and Ronaldo are widely regarded as two of the greatest footballers ever, and have won nearly everything there is to win in the game.

Guardiola believes Ronaldo and Messi are unique in the history of football, and it will be 'almost impossible' to do what they have been doing for more than a decade now.

"I don't imagine [it will happen] as what these two guys have done will be almost impossible to imitate," Guardiola said [via Marca] of the duo, ahead of Man City's Champions League clash with PSG, who have Messi in their ranks.

"Maybe I will see it but I don't think it's going to happen - scoring this amount of goals, the amount of titles both had done.

"It is so difficult. I think it is unique in history to find two players like Cristiano and Messi do what they have done."

Lionel Messi
Messi scored twice against Guardiola's Man City earlier this season / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Messi scored twice for PSG in their previous clash with Man City, and Guardiola admits it is so difficult to know what the Argentine is doing. He said: "It's so difficult and sometimes when he has the ball he doesn't know what he's going to do - so imagine you have to know what he is going to do."

He added: "I cannot tell the players what [Messi] will do, but hey, it happens with Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe, with [Angel] Di Maria, with all the players up front in this team. Every player could be a complete star in any team around the world and all four are in the same team.

"But I am still glad and happy that [Messi] is still playing, at the level he plays and with the quality, so it will be nice to face him."