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Arsene Wenger (Coach, Arsenal) - Who is the Best Player in the World? Leo Messi.

Who is the Best Player Ever? Leo Messi!


Diego Maradona (Ex Argentina)
I have seen the player who will inherit my place in
Argentine football and his name is Messi. Messi is a genius and he can become a
n even better player.
Wayne Rooney (ManUnited)
Messi is a Joke, for me the Best Ever!
Pele (Ex Brazil) - At the moment, Messi is the Best!
Juan Sebastian Veron (Ex Argentina) - I see Maradona every time he grabs the ball
and accelerates. We must protect him. I d personally put him in a drawer of my be
dside table.
Ferrer (ex-Barcelona, Chelsea): I played with Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Laudrup
and Stoichkov but Messi is the best I ve seen
McDermott (Assistant Newcastle)
For those asking i do think Messi is the best eve
r yes. Kenny was the best player i ever played with
Eidur Gudjohnsen (ex-Chelsea, Barcelona)
Messi s control is the best I have ever se
en, it is truly breathtaking.
Krankl (ex-Barcelona) - Messi is the world s number 1. Cruyff was my youth idol, hi
m and Messi are the best players I saw in my life.
Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham) - Best football player I played against? I think
Messi. He killed us.
Ivan Helguera (ex-Real Madrid) - For me, Messi is the best player in history
Laporta (Ex President, Barcelona)
Messi is the best player in the world right now
and the best ever. Together with Cruyff and Maradona, he s the best we ve seen at t
he club.
Huntelaar (Schalke) - Who s better, Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Messi. Ronaldo is g
ood, but Messi is ten times better.
Aguero (Man City)
Messi won 3 Ballons d Or and is competing for another one. He wil
l be the best player in the world until he retires.
Cassano (AC Milan)
Messi is the best player in the history of football, and that s
why I prefer Bara over Real Madrid.
Arda Turan (Galatassary) - Messi or Ronaldo best player in the world? In the worl
d, I would say Ronaldo. Messi is from another planet.
Sandro Rossell (President, Barcelona) - I think Barca will never have a player li
ke Messi again. Messi s greatness is present on and off the field of play.
Roy Keane (Ex ManUnited)
I was a big fan of Maradona growing up and of the curren
t crop Ronaldo is good but Messi is the best I ve ever seen. I don t dish out praise
lightly but Messi deserves it. I look for weaknesses in his game and I can t find
them.
Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
Best Player I played against? Messi, when he plays wide. H
e is the best in the world. Football seems easy when he plays it
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona)
Although he may not be human, it s good that Messi st
ill thinks he is. Messi plays some another sport.
Fabio Capello (Ex Coach, Juventus) - In my entire life I have never seen a player
of such quality and personality at such a young age, particularly wearing the hea
vy shirt of one of the world s great clubs.
Raul (Ex Real Madrid)
The other day I saw one of his games. He was running with t
he ball at a hundred percent full speed, I don t know how many touches he took, ma
ybe five or six, but the ball was glued to his foot. It s practically impossible!
Gerard Pique (Barcelona) - It doesn t matter where Messi plays, if it s cold or hot, h
e always proves that he s the best.
Marcello Lippi (Ex Coach, Italy) - The best?
Antonio Cassano (AC Milan)
Ronaldinho is better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but neith
er are as good as Leo Messi.
John Terry (Chelsea) - For me, Lionel Messi is quite clearly the best player ever
. It s a pleasure to pit myself against him and when I finish my career it s somethi
ng I can look back on and know I ve tested myself against the very best.
Vicente Del Bosque (Coach, Spain) - Messi or Ronaldo? I prefer Messi because he i
s more of a street player.
Zinedine Zidane (Ex France)
Messi makes the difference most of the time. In parti
cular, he is always going forwards. He never passes the ball backwards or sidewa

ys. He has only one idea, to run towards the goal.So as a football fan, just enj
oy the show.
Filipe Scolari (Ex Coach, Portugal)
The only bad thing about Ronaldo s life is Mess
i. If it was not for him, Ronaldo would be the best player in the world for five
years in a row.
Robin Dutt (Coach, Bayer Leverkusen) - You won t see anyone else like Messi. People
said that Di Stefano, Maradona and Cruyff were the best when they were playing.
And now it is the same for Messi. He is on the throne and it is down to him how
long he stays there.
Radamel Falcao (Athletico Madrid)
Is Messi a real player or a Play Station charac
ter?
Neymar (Brazil)
It is very simple, Messi is the best in the world, and if you giv
e him a little bit of space, he can do whatever he wants.
Gheorghe Hagi (ex-Madrid -Barcelona)
Messi or Cristiano? Cristiano Ronaldo is ver
y good, but I prefer Messi. He s incredible.
Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers)
Messi is the best that s played the game. Streets
ahead of Maradona.
Sid Lowe (Editor, Guardian) - To compare Lionel Messi to anybody else is unfair o
n them
Jorde Valdano (Ex Real Madrid) - I believe that we have the first genius of the 2
1st century, Leo Messi.
Michael Owen (Ex Liverpool) - I can t believe anyone can have played the game of fo
otball as well as Messi.
Franz Beckenbauer (Ex Germany) - Messi is a genius. He has everything. When I wat
ch him, I see a player who is very, very, skilful, very clever and his left foot
is like Diego Maradona s.
Almunia (Arsenal) - Messi is very skilful and can do whatever he wants at any mom
ent. He s the best player in the world.
Ronaldo (Brazil)
There is no doubt that Messi is the best player in the world.
Hristo Stoichkov (Ex Barcelona)
Once they said they can only stop me with a pisto
l but today you need a machine gun to stop Messi.
Romario (Ex Brazil)
Messi has all the conditions to be the best.
Oliver Kahn (Ex Germany)
Messi is undoubtedly a gifted footballer, like Maradona
and Pele, and he s playing for the best club side in the world at the moment. He s s
uccessful and he s winning trophies, so it s only logical that he ll be voted the best
player in the world.
Thiago Silva (Brazil) - Messi is a special player, certainly the best attacker I ve
played against to date, but I think comparing players from different generation
s is difficult. All I know is that he s spectacular and already is definitely amon
g the best ever.
Michel Platini (President, UEFA) - Messi is the great player of this generation,
like there were great players in other generations.
Pato (Brazil)
When Messi plays, he is the best.
Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao) - I m not sure Messi is a human.
Ganso (Brazil) - Without doubt he is on another planet, because he does things ot
hers can t.
Luis Figo (Ex Portugal)
For me, to watch Messi play is a pleasure it s like having
an orgasm
it s an incredible pleasure.
Thiago Alacantera (Barcelona) - We can give him the ball and we can stand back an
d watch him. People often say to me they saw Pele and Maradona play. In the futu
re, I will be able to say I saw Messi play.
Ruud Gullit (Ex Netherlands) - He is already the best in the world. He is an exce
ptional talent. I still think Diego Maradona is the best player I have ever seen
, but Messi is closing in fast. He s a wonderful sight in full flight and we are l
ucky to have him around.
Luis Figo (Ex Inter) - Player I would like to sign for Internazionale? It s easy, t
he strongest in Europe at the moment is Lionel Messi, so I would say him. Messi
has amazing qualities, he is the best of all, number one. That is
unquestiionable.
Johan Cryuff (Ex Barcelona)
For the world of football, Messi is a treasure becaus

e he is role model for children around the world.


Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool FC) - There is no doubt, you re from another galaxy. Than
ks Leo
Demba Ba (Newcastle United) - Is Messi a human being?????
John Heitinga (Everton) - Mejores jugador del Mundo Messi! Best player in the Wor
ld!
Gary Linekar (Ex England) - Fella s a genius! Best ever by a distance in my life ti
me! Never really saw Pele. Wait til he grows up! Souness, Gullit, Venables and n
ow Rooney agree Messi is the best they have seen. He plays a game to which we ar
e not familiar.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Is Messi the best player of all times?
Meneses (Coach, Brazil)
Messi? We will play against the best in the world.
Johan Cryuff (Ex Barcelona)
Messi will be the player to win the most Ballons d Or i
n history. He will win five, six,seven. He is incomparable. He s in a different le
ague.
Rio Ferdinand (Man United) - Who were the best players I had ever played against?
Raul, Messi, Zidane.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) : Messi is more naturally gifted than Ronaldo. Messi doe
s not need his right foot, though. He only uses the left and he s still the best i
n the world! Imagine if he also used his right foot, Then we would have serious
problems!
Rivaldo (Ex Brazil)
Between Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, I go with Messi. For me
he is the best in the World.
Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) - I wear Number 10 Jersey for the US National Team in hon
or of the Greatest athlete i have ever seen, Messi.
Miguel Angel Lotina (Ex Coach, Deportivo)
Comparing CR7 to Messi is an exercise o
f ignorance in football. Messi is Messi and others, footballers.
Radomir Antic (Coach, Serbia) - Messi is the Mozart of football.
John Carlin (Journalist, Argentina)
Messi is much more than being clever. He is a
genius who reserves all his expressiveness for football.
Mario Balotelli (Manchester City) - There s only one that is a little stronger than
me: Messi. All the othersare behind me.
Massimo Moratti (President, Inter Milan) - Messi is the only player for whom I wo
uld go crazy.
Antonio Lobo Antunes (Writer,Portugal) - There are 3 or 4 important things in lif
e: Books, Friends, Women and Messi.
Bar Rafaeli (Model, Israel) - At this point I m starting to believe that Messi is t
ightly related to Clark Kent.
*Clark Kent is the Secret Identity of Fictional Character Superman.
Yaya Toure (Ex Barcelona)
Cristiano Ronaldo has done massive things in both the P
remier League and in the Champions League, but Messi is the best though and I am
convinced that next year he will win the Ballon d Or.
Gerd Muller (Ex Bayern Munich)
Technically, Messi is superb. His goals are brilli
ant. And despite being a genius, he s not a selfish player
Salomon Kalou (Chelsea) - Messi is the best player in the world, no doubts. But w
e hope that in the games against us, he won t be the best player.
Gerard Pique (Barcelona) - It feels good to be in the same generation as him. I b
elieve he s the best player in the history of the sport.
Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich)
I am not crazy enough to compare myself with Messi be
cause he is the best there ever was and the best there will ever be.
Terry McDermot (Ex Liverpool) - Messi is the best ever. I played in a great LFC t
eam of the late 70s and early 80s which ruled Europe but imust say i think this
Barcelona team would batter us.
Donovan (USA) - Lionel Messi, you know what right now? Just
call him the best.
Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) - I think Messi is the best forward in the world
. It is very difficult to play against him. But he is not only a forward, he is
moving everywhere. He is a very good player.
Juninho (Brazil) - Barcelona are the best team in Europe and for that reason, the
y are the favourites. In addition, they have the best player in the world today,

Lionel Messi.
Galliani (Vice President Milan)
Messi is the best player ever. And this is said b
y someone who has seen Maradona and Pele play.
Gerry Armstrong (Ex Tottenham)
I have played against (Michel) Platini, (Diego) Ma
radona, (Johan) Cruyff and played with George Best
a lot of big names, but none
of them has been able to do what Messi does. Two years ago I said that the best
player I played against was Maradona and the best player I have played with was
Bestie. But I can now say I have never seen a player as good as Messi. He s in a l
eague of his own.
Andy Cole (Ex Manchester United)
Regular readers will know I m a fan of (Cristiano)
Ronaldo, and an even bigger fan of the man who s assumed his mantle with quite as
tonishing success, Wayne Rooney. But Messi is on a higher plain than even that p
air.
Gerd Muller (Ex Bayern Munich) - My record stood for 40 years and now the best pl
ayer in the world has broken it. I m happy for him. Messi is fantastic. An incredi
ble player, a giant. And such a nice and modest guy. Only one defect: he doesn t p
lay at Bayern.
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) - Respect Lionel Messi!!!
Joey Barton (Marseille) - Messi. 86 goals in calendar year and still 3 games to p
lay! Best to ever play the game in my opinion just edges Maradona.
Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund) - 86 Goals in 2012
Leo Messi magic!
Ezequiel Lavezzi (PSG) - Congratulations, Leo Messi!! New record for the best in
the world! A big hug
Alex Morgan (US Women s NT, Ballon d Or 2012 Nominee) - Messi is out of this world. S
coring 86 goals this year In 2012. What an incredible accomplishment
Pepe Mel (Coach Real Betis) - I prefer Messi plays, you want to see the best play
ers on the pitch. But I m not stupid, he s the best in the world.
Sabella (Coach, Argentina) - Messi is the best in the world, almost a player from
another planet. It s very difficult to find words for Leo.
Michel Platini (President, UEFA) - Don t know this year or next, but Messi will win
4th Ballon d Or and surpass Cruyff, Van Basten and me.
Carlos Bianchi (Ex Coach Velez -Boca -Atletico): Lionel Messi is the best player
of all times.
Javier Hernandez (Manchester United) - Greatest footballer I have ever played wit
h or against? Against Messi
Toni Schumacher (ex-Koln -Fenerbahce) - Football keeps producing icons who shape
an era. In my day it was Maradona, and now it s Messi. He achieves the unbelievabl
e on the field, and all at the highest pace you can imagine.
Harry Redknapp (Coach, QPR) - Lionel Messi is the most amazing player I have ever
seen.
Caniggia (ex-Atalanta -Boca)
This is the era of Messi, period. He s very creative,
always finds new ways to deal with his opponents.
Juanlu (Levante) - You can only stop Messi if he watches the game from the stands
.
Usain Bolt (Sprinter) - Messi or Cristiano
Speed? Cristiano. Shot? Cristiano. Dri
bbling? Messi. Intelligence? Messi. Talent? Messi. Winner is Messi!
Pachin (ex-Real Madrid) - I love Messi, I think he will break all records. I m envi
ous he doesn t play with us, at Madrid.
Buffon (Juvetus)
Messi is a once in a generation player. It s unlikely that any hum
an being will repeat his numbers.
Hitzfeld (Ex-Coach Bayern Munich)
Messi is, together with Pele, one of the best t
hat ever lived. Breaking Muller s record was a matter of time.
Moyes (coach Everton)
Messi is the world s best and gets physically attacked every
game but all he ever does is get up and get on with it.
Diego Simeone (Coach, Athletico Madrid)
Diego (Maradona) has filled us with emoti
ons. But between the cracks, without doubt, Messi is better than Maradona.
Vitor Baia (ex-Porto)
Messi is marking a decade. He s on his way to become one of t
he best in history, maybe best ever.
Mario Jorge Zagallo (Ex Coach, Brazil)
Messi is the best player in the world beca
use of what he has done and is doing with Barcelona.

Sandro Mazzola (European Cup 1964 1965)


Messi s control and technique while going a
t full speed is unique in the world.
Josip Simunic (Dinamo Zagreb)
Messi deserves it (Ballon d or) and I m 100% behind him
. He s the best player of all time and if he stays fit he will continue for the ne
xt five or six years. The things he does right now are out of this world.
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Ex Real Madrid)
Messi is on a different level. The fact he i
s doing what he is year after year says that he is the best of all time.
Shay Given (Ex Goal Keeper, Ireland)
Who do I think will win the FIFA Ballon d or (
2012) in Zurich today? Lionel Messi. Best player ever to grace this planet.
Alfio Basile (Ex Coach, Boca Juniors)
You cannot compare anyone to Messi. Cristia
no Ronaldo is a great human footballer, but Messi is a Martian.
Robbie Fowler (ex-Liverpool)
The best player EVER (Leo Messi) without a shadow, i
f you didn t think/know already
Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)- Congrats to Messi! Wow, 4 yrs in a row! Added
something else to his list of only person to.. Is Messi Best Of All Time?
Gary Neville (Ex Man.United) - This Guy (Messi) is the Best Player in the World,
no doubt about that. I think we re always nervous about calling people who are cur
rently playing, who are young at 23, to say he s the Best Player ever. But we shou
ldn t be. We should admit what we are seeing in front of our eyes. This is a speci
al talent, who may be is the Best Player ever been seen.
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) - Lionel Messi has to win tonight s Ballon d Or. He s
simply the Best. Decision should be unanimous.
Eric Cantona (Ex Man.United) - Messi, he s exceptional. When you watch him, you fee
l there s a child inside him and he is making some childhood dream come true. He s a
Great Player, not only for today but also tomorrow.
Graeme Souness (Ex Liverpool) - Lionel Messi is the Best Player Ever.
Pele (Ex Brazil)
I like Messi a lot, he s a great player. Technically, we re practica
lly at the same level.
Jrgen Klopp (Coach, Dortmund) - Messi is the Best. There must be life out there so
mewhere, on some other planet. Because he is too good and we are just too bad fo
r him.
Adriano Galliani (AC Milan Vice President)
Messi is the best player of all time.
Better than Pele, better than Maradona and better than anyone else.
Samuel Eto o (Ex Barcelona)
Messi is God, as a person and even more as a player. I
knew him when he was a boy and I ve watched him grow. He deserves it all. I hope t
hat he can win the World Cup with Argentina. He s a good boy and I wish him all th
e best .
Romario (Ex Brazil) - Newton and Einstein had a certain level of autism I hope th
at like them, Messi surpasses himself every day and continues to give us his bea
utiful brand of football.
Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal)
The greatest player in the world. He s got a fantastic v
ision of the game, and what he can do technically it s crazy.
LeBron James (Basketball player, Miami Heats)
Messi is the best player in the wor
ld. If he s not already, he ll be the best footballer of all time.
Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) - Lionel Messi was made in a laboratory, he s not hu
man.
Ray Hudson (Commentator) - They tell me that all men are equal in God s eyes, this
player (Messi) makes you seriously think about those words.
Harry Redknapp (Ex Coach, Tottenham)
You couldn t put a value on him, he s on another
planet. For me, Lionel Messi is undoubtedly the No.1 player in the world.
Carlos Tvez (Juventus)
My ideal trident would be myself alongside Rooney and Messi
. They are the players who make me dream not Cristiano.
Tito Vilanova (Ex Coach, Barcelona) - Messi the best player in the world by far.
I don t think we ll ever see a player like him again.
Xavi (Barcelona)
It is clear that Messi is on a level above all others. Those who
do not see that are blind.
David Moyes (Ex Coach, Everton)
Lionel Messi gets kicked every week. It s the only
way to stop him. But all he ever does is smile, get up & get on with it.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham)
Leo deserves the Ballon d Or
he s the best player in the worl
d. As a person he s very modest, both on the field and off it.

Franck Ribry (Bayern Munich) - Messi is class. There is him, and then there is the
rest. What he does is extraordinary. He demands admiration.
Diego Alves (Valencia)
Messi makes the difference. He does everything so well and
manages to do it at such an unstoppable pace.
Pedro Pinto (Anchor, CNN)
Messi is unstoppable and we should feel privileged to b
e watching a player who may be the best of all time. The best and most exciting
footballer on the planet.
Juan Pablo Varsky (Journalist, La Nacin) - I saw Maradona play extraordinary match
es. I followed his career live, for me Messi is the best of Diego, every single
day.
Jrgen Klopp (Coach, Dortmund)
Cristiano reminds me of German tennis player Michael
Stich. He was destined to make history, but then Boris Becker showed up. Cristi
ano is so fast, so strong, so incredible, but he has one problem: Leo Messi.
Niklas Moisander (Ajax)
Messi is unbelievable. It is great to get the chance to p
lay against the best in the world. It doesn t really need repeating: he is a fanta
stic player.
Jagoba Arrasate (Coach, Real Sociedad)
Leo Messi the best in the world. He has 1,
000 ways of beating you. It s easy to talk to the players about stopping Messi, bu
t doing it is much harder.