Carles Puyol rates Lionel Messi as the best player in history

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: Lionel Messi (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammate Carles Puyol after scoring his team's second goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou on January 27, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has no doubts over former team-mate Lionel Messi’s credentials as football’s greatest player in history.

The 31-year-old continues to be at the top of his game following another prolific campaign for Barcelona, which has seen him manage 45 goals and 21 assists in 42 appearances.

Messi again sent everybody a timely reminder of his quality by finding the back of the net twice to help Barcelona seal a 3-0 second leg win over Manchester United in their Champions League quarter-final tie to book their spot in the next round.

The Flea’s contributions have put Barcelona within the brink of winning a treble in his first season as captain as it’s only a matter of time before they win La Liga. While a Copa del Rey final against Valencia awaits them next month.

Therefore, former Blaugrana skipper Puyol has no doubts over Messi’s place in football history.

“He is playing at an incredible level,” Puyol told Goal.

NYON, SWITZERLAND - APRIL 23: #11 Carles Perez of FC Barcelona with medal during the UEFA Youth League Final match between Chelsea FC and FC Barcelona at Colovray Sports Centre on April 23, 2018 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Monika Majer/Getty Images)

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The 21-year-old felt like a dream in today's match between the Blaugrana and Eibar and he says he will never forget this date.

“For me, he is the best ever player in the history of the game.

“He has shown that season after season and you can see how his game has evolved, all the things he now does. And you can see he’s improving every year with new attributes he has brought to his game.

“He has improved in every way and he is taking a step forward on a personal level. He has always been a leader on the field but now, you can see that he is a leader on and off the pitch.

“He is an introverted person but now you can see that he is leading from the front as the captain of Barcelona.”

In fact, Brazilian legend Rivaldo stated on Friday that Messi has already proven he deserves the 2019 Ballon d’Or award.

For now, though, Messi’s focus will be on this evening’s La Liga clash between Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Camp Nou. The match will kick-off at 20:45 (CEST).

BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 06: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on April 06, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

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