For example, I want to shoot equally well with both feet.
? You have to show up in the World Cup, and in the World Cup anything can happen.
Best Quotes By Lionel Messi
He has been named as the heir apparent of the great Argentine hero, Diego Maradona, by journalists, players, and Maradona himself, alike. It has always been that way.
? He deserves ten out of ten for doing what he does. When I was a kid, my friends would call me to go out with them, but I would stay home because I had practice the next day. His humbleness only makes him greater. -Ander Herrera
? The only bad thing about [Cristiano] Ronaldo’s life is Messi. -Carles Rexach (former Barcelona sporting director)
? My family was always present when I needed them and sometimes felt even stronger emotions than me.
? There’s no other like Leo. If it was not for him, Ronaldo would be the best player in the world for five years in a row. But if there are no titles, nothing is won.
? Something deep in my character allows me to take the hits and get on with trying to win.
? Messi is a genius. If it is 11 against 10 then you have almost no chance of stopping him. Just give me a ball at my feet and I’ll show you what I can do.
Having read the man himself describe his experiences and what drives him to succeed, here’s a few choice quotes made by present and past players about the little wonder Leo.
? Put in the superlatives yourselves, I’m running out. If I hadn’t had support, I wouldn’t have been able to fulfill my dreams.. He must know when to move the ball on quickly and when to try the impossible mission. -Xavi
? It takes sacrifice as well as talent.
? I see Maradona every time he grabs the ball and accelerates. -Johan Cruyff
? Money is not a motivating factor. We must protect him. When the day comes when I’m not enjoying it, I will leave football.
? I don’t need the best hairstyle or the best body. -Fabio Capello
? Is Messi a real player or a Play Station character? -Radamel Falcao
? Who is the Best Player in the World? Leo Messi. -Juan Sebastián Verón
? (commenting on the numerous players compared to Maradona) The difference with Messi is the new Maradona tag came from the old Maradona. -Arsene Wenger
? The Barcelona youth program is one of the best in the world. I hardly even took a step running without a ball at my feet.
I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi.
- Diego Maradona
Lionel Messi is arguably the best soccer player in the world today, though the comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo rages on fervently. If I wasn’t paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing.
? At Barca we trained every day with the ball. I’m just happy with a ball at my feet. -Frank Rijkaard
? In two minutes, I saw his speed, his skill and decided we would sign him. -Arda Turan
? Ronaldinho is better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but neither are as good as Leo Messi. -Rick Broadbent (Sports Writer)
? There is no doubt about it, Messi’s clearly the best player in the world. I’d personally put him in a drawer of my bedside table. -Sid Lowe (Sports Writer)
? I never think about the play or visualize anything. That he’s capable of doing everything that he does at his age is something impressive, that doesn’t make any sense. -Marco van Basten
? Once they said they can only stop me with a pistol but today you need a machine gun to stop Messi. -Ronaldo (the Brazilian one)
? Once he’s on the run, Messi is unstoppable. Instinct. -Thierry Henry
? In my entire life I have never seen a player of such quality and personality at such a young age, particularly wearing the ‘heavy’ shirt of one of the world’s great clubs. He has everything. -Franz Beckenbauer
? What I do is play soccer, which is what I like.
? If he continues like this then I think Messi will be the best player in the history of football. -José Mourinho
? To compare Lionel Messi to anybody else is unfair on them. I like going out, but you have to know when you can and when you can’t.
? Leo simply goes one way with his body and another with the ball. He’s a phenomenon who has already won everything, but is still hungry for more. His story of struggle, where he almost had to quit football due to a growth hormone deficiency, is an inspiration to all budding athletes.
? I go out and do the best I can in each game, and I don’t think about the fouls other players will commit or whether I might be injured. He holds numerous records, such as the most goals scored in a single La Liga season and the most goals scored in a calendar year. He’s the only player who can change direction at such a pace. When he learns this, he won’t win a single Golden Ball, but an entire collection. -Pep Guardiola
? Messi or Ronaldo best player in the world? In the world, I would say Ronaldo. Money doesn’t thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. When I watch him, I see a player who is very, very, skilful, very clever and his left foot is like Diego Maradona’s. In my childhood I had difficult times because of hormonal problems. ? It has been an honour to be the coach of the best player (Messi) I have ever seen and probably the best I will see. He’s more than decisive in every way. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. I thought, My God, that is a great thing to say when your team has just lost.
? I’m not sure Messi is a human. You have to either guess right or foul him. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy.
? The truth is my idea has been to always stay at Barcelona and see out the rest of my career here. It’s already been a while now that he has been outstanding. He is a sensation, but still he can improve. Messi is from another planet. I do what comes to me at that moment. -Antonio Cassano
? One of the Arsenal players came up to me afterwards and said it had been an honor to be on the same pitch as me. -Deco
? I played with Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Laudrup and Stoichkov but Messi is the best I’ve seen. I’m always trying to be my best, first for my team, for myself, for the fans, and to try and win.
? I still have a lot of room for improvement. -Pep Guardiola
Here are some of the quotes that best illustrate the attitude of this great player and the high esteem in which he is held by other players.
? Being named among the best is special and beautiful. Who is the Best Player Ever? Leo Messi! -Arsene Wenger
? He’s a leader and is offering lessons in beautiful football. -Luiz Felipe Scolari
? The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player.
Best Quotes About Lionel Messi
? Whether it’s a friendly match, or for points, or a final, or any game – I play the same. -Albert Ferrer
? I know how important it is to have a helping hand. He is counted among the best footballers in the history of the game, and many even consider him the best of all time.
He has been a frighteningly consistent record-breaker with his beloved club Barcelona ever since breaking through the youth ranks. At the age of just 27, he is already their record goalscorer in competitive, league, as well as continental games. -Gerard Pique
? There is no doubt that Messi is the best player in the world. Like I always say, one doesn’t know what can happen in the future, but if it were up to me to decide, I would stay at Barcelona for the rest of my career.
? In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision.
? You have got to love the game.
? Leo’s goals are works of art. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. As a kid, they teach you not to play to win, but to grow in ability as a player.
? What Leo does is so incredible that I have to be careful not to stand still watching him make his moves. -Diego Maradona
? I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. It only does you harm to worry about those things.
? I’ve always really just liked football, and I’ve always devoted a lot of time to it. He has something different to any other player in the world. He is also very close to the all-time scoring records in the Champions League and the Spanish Primera Liga.
? I have fun like a child in the street. -Hristo Stoichkov
? The best way to stop Messi is when you play with 11 men and then you can double mark him, one player to stay on him and the other to help out
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