Lionel Messi Once Revealed The Player Who Always 'Amazed' Him On The Pitch
When a six-time Ballon d'Or winner compliments a player, you know he must be something special.
In an extract from Andres Iniesta's autobiography, Lionel Messi praised his former teammate with a host of impressive compliments, including the fact that he always "amazes" him on the pitch.
From 2004 to 2018, Iniesta and Messi enjoyed a hugely successful spell at Barcelona.
The pair won eight La Liga titles and lifted an incredible four Champions League trophies in that time, not to mention countless other silverware.
And Messi, to his credit, paid Iniesta the ultimate compliment when the pair were still playing together at the Camp Nou.
"When you're a kid playing on the streets you take on board things that are very useful to you later." he said in the autobiography.
You get used to playing with older players and not changing your game because of that; you play your way.
"Andres and I are similar in that we both use our bodies a lot, to avoid opponents but he has something that always amazes me."
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"There's always a moment when you think you're going to catch him, when you think you're going to get the ball off him, but you can't.
"He's not especially quick, but he has that ability to always get away from you, which comes from his technique."
Back in 2014, Iniesta said the following about Messi.
"You can't just evaluate Leo for his effectiveness or for numbers. It's the whole thing, him as a player and what he represents, what he does for us and for the team. For me, and I think we can all agree on this, Messi is number one."
• 9 La Ligas
• 6 Copa del Reys
• 4 Champions Leagues
• 3 Club World Cups
• 2 European Championships
• 2010 World Cup
Happy birthday to one of a kind Don Andrés Iniesta :crown: pic.twitter.com/HXRsy5345L
- Rohit (@MessiFC10i) May 11, 2020
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Do you agree with Iniesta? Is Lionel Messi still number one, six years after he said those things about his former teammate?
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