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I’d love to have a ‘Messi or Ronaldo’ at Man City – Guardiola

Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola, Cristiano Ronaldo
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The Spanish manager concedes that he doesn’t have the type of player who can be the sole matchwinner in his team at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola admits he would love to have a Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi type player at Manchester City.

Guardiola’s side have been absolutely dominant lately. They are on a 16-match winning streak across all competitions – a record for the most wins in succession for an English top-flight side.

With nine wins from nine games, they maintain a perfect record in 2021 – matching another English top-flight record for most games won at the start of a calendar year.

While there’s plenty of talent in the Man City squad, they do not boast of an individual with a true superstar profile

“We don’t have players who can win the game by himself – we don’t have a Messi, a Cristiano, [Kylian] Mbappe or Neymar,” Guardiola said, via Goal. “We have to do it as a team.

“I’ll be honest, I would love to have a player who scores every single game four goals and runs like these players run, I would love it.

“[But] I wouldn’t change any player that we have right now today, in this season. All of them. That’s why many times I praised our captain Fernandinho, like how he helps on and off the pitch to stick together in the bad moments.

“The big teams, the big players show it in the bad moments, in the good moments everyone is easy to play, and we had the bad moments this season.”