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Football's age-old question continues to rage on, with former Manchester United midfielder Herrera giving an emphatic answer.
He sided with his Paris Saint-Germain teammate, hailing Messi as the 'best of all time' in gushing praise.
The Spaniard also defended the Argentine's underwhelming debut season at PSG, saying he would get criticised unless he scores 50 goals a season.
"You are asking for 50 goals per season," he told AS. "From there, if he doesn't score them, people talk.
"Nor should we forget that Leo has had the all-time record in Ligue 1 - he has hit the post 10 times! If he had scored 10 more goals, it would (have) been a very good season for Leo."
Messi added: "For me, he is the best of all time, without any discussion.
"Now I admire him even more for how he manages his day to day life with total humility, (and) always with a smile for people."
The 35-year-old scored just 11 goals across all competitions for PSG last season.
Kylian Mbappe, on the other hand, bagged an impressive 39 goals last season and Herrera believes the star forward can help to get the best out of Messi.
"Kylian can get a lot out of Leo," he added. "He is going to put the ball in the right place and with his speed he will go toe-to-toe with the goalkeeper, where he is lethal.
"Perhaps Messi is no longer (needing) 50 goals at the present time. It's like Cristiano (Ronaldo), they never lower their level."
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