Pep Guardiola says you can simply add Karim Benzema to the list also runs when it comes to Lionel Messi comparisons.
There are never-ending comparisons when it comes to putting people in the same class as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Some stick around for a while, but in all honesty, they are never really worthy of comparison. Many are nothing more than also runs when it comes down to it.
Pep Guardiola is a manager that knows all about Lionel Messi. The pair formed a formidable partnership of coach and player that saw Barcelona dominate world football.
So if anyone is qualified to credit a player with being in the ranks of Messi, its’ Pep.
As Manchester City and Real Madrid faced off in the Champions League one member of the press pushed the City boss on the subject of Los Blancos forward Benzema.
Guardiola tried to be polite when it came to his opponent, but could not hide the truth.
“Benzema is extraordinary, fantastic.”
“But since my time at Barcelona, there have been 20 players that have come onto the scene and people have asked if we can compare him with Leo Messi. 20 players.”
It wasn’t outright rejection for Benzema. But you get the impression Pep sees him as just another pretender.
While we are on the subject of Messi, just how much do you know about the “Atomic Flee?”