Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Argentine football superstar, Lionel Messi, is the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT).
TOP MEDIA reports that Guardiola said had his former player failed to win the world cup trophy, he would still personally have considered him the GOAT.
The City trainer, who enjoyed huge success with the forward at Barcelona, thinks those who pick the likes of Diego Maradona, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Pele ahead of Messi as their Greatest Footballer of All-Time, do so for “sentimental” reasons, and he cannot see any other player matching the 35-year-old’s career CV in the future.
He described Messi’s world cup feat in Qatar as “the final cherries of an incredible career”.
“Everyone has an opinion but nobody can doubt he’s there as greatest of all time,” Guardiola said at a press conference ahead of his side’s return to competitive action on Thursday.
“For me, he’s the best, difficult to understand a player can compete with what he’s done.
“The people who saw Pele or Di Stefano or Maradona. The opinions are sentimental, but the other side, if he wouldn’t have won the World Cup, the opinion and my opinion wouldn’t change.
“It’s normal that people depends if you win or you are evaluated. The final cherries of an incredible career.”