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Why Messi is the best player I have seen – Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said that Lionel Messi is the best footballer he has even seen play.

Guardiola stated this while speaking at a charity event in Belfast hosted by golfer Rory McIlroy on Wednesday.

The Spaniard who worked with Messi during his four-year spell at Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, also told a 2,000-strong audience to enjoy watching the Argentina captain before he retires.

“Why is he the best footballer I have ever seen? When the guy from above saw him, he just put a tick next to everything.

 “He’s not only got the ability to see everything on a pitch, he scores three goals every game. He doesn’t say much but he gets the message across to the manager, his teammates and the spectators that he’s there.

“Knowing that they relax, they know that at some point he is going to make a dribble and score or make an assist. He’s the ultimate competitor, there’s nothing he likes more than cup finals or playing Real Madrid.

“If I have one piece of advice, it is that when Barcelona are playing, make sure you switch on the television. Because when he is finished playing, it is going to feel like a desert,” Guardiola said.

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