The former Barcelona striker says there’s no debate on how good the Argentinean player is in the world of football.
The eternal debate of who is better between Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo is still on the table.
But for former Barcelona striker Gary Lineker, the answer is very simple: Argentina’s Lionel Messi.
“He’s just phenomenal. He’s 31 now and he’s still going strong,” he told talkSPORT.
“He plays the game in a way the rest of us are not familiar with.”
“I watch a lot of football, and people pine on this whole Messi vs Ronaldo debate; there’s no comparison for me,” he explained.
“They watch a bit of English football and they think La Liga is a walk in the park.”
“But they actually win most competitions going, domestically and in Europe,” he added.
“Messi is on a different level to everybody else, it’s as simple as that.”
“People say to me what about Ronaldo’s goalscoring record and so forth,” Lineker continued talking.
“But I say to them have you seen Messi pass a football? Have you seen him dribble towards the goal?”
“The all-around joy he brings to football is what I love about him.”
“Even on his off-days he’ll do three or four things that take your breath away,” he said.
“He also scores goals as well – I think some people forget that! He’s such a great team player, too.”
Messi was part of today’s 0-0 draw between Spanish La Liga side Barcelona and French Ligue 1 club Lyon.
The game was part of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.