Gennaro Gattuso wants Napoli players to try their hands at stopping Lionel Messi despite admitting that he is unstoppable.
Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso believes, as so do many other managers, Lionel Messi is the greatest player in football history.
The Serie A side will have a daunting task at hand to try and keep the record six-time Ballon d’Or winner at bay when they face Barcelona in the upcoming Round of 16 clash in the Champions League.
Messi, who leads the golden boot race in La Liga, will be expected to continue his form when he takes on the pitch that was once graced by his fellow countryman Diego Maradona.
And Gattuso insists he is fully aware of the nature of the challenge he will be presented on Tuesday.
“You can’t stop Messi, but in these moments my players have to try,” Gattuso said as reported by Goal.
“Lorenzo [Insigne] has said that he’s a great player, he’s not only great at a footballing level. He is the greatest for how he has lived his career. He’s an example for the kids to follow, never says anything inappropriate.
“He does stuff that you only see on a PlayStation, things you can’t even imagine. He’s been the best ever for years now.”