Video: Pep Guardiola explains why Messi is the best player of all time
A clip of Pep Guardiola from last season has been doing the rounds on the internet lately where he is seen talking to his Manchester City players while explaining why Lionel Messi is the best player he has ever seen.
Now, this not only shows how strong the relationship between Guardiola and Messi is, but also explains how the former still uses his former protege as an example to uplift the spirit of his current team.
It’s hard to establish the exact timeline of the clip, but judging by the looks of things, it’s one of their UEFA Champions League outings. Speaking to his team in the dressing room, Guardiola explained what makes Messi the player he is today.
“Do you know why Messi is the best player I’ve seen in my life?” asked the director.
“Because he’s a competitor, he’s an animal.
“And now we pass the ball and take a look. When you pass the ball…attack! You must score. Messi passes the ball and enters [the box] like a machine. He feels the goal, he added before telling his players to bombard the opposing surface.
Video: Guardiola explains why Leo Messi is the best player of all time. https://t.co/UYdwg0vIGD
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Messi’s legacy at Barcelona will forever be etched in history, but Guardiola’s role in it cannot be ignored. To put it into perspective, 211 of Messi’s 672 goals for Barcelona have been scored by Guardiola. This represents more than 30% of the total.
Messi’s dominance during Guardiola’s final season was such that he averaged a goal every 65 minutes in La Liga during the 2011/12 campaign.
The two had the chance to work together again last summer when Messi left Camp Nou. The Cityzens, however, decided to invest in a young Jack Grealish instead, as Messi moved to Paris Saint-Germain.