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Pep Guardiola hails Lionel Messi as ‘greatest of all time’

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By Jack Gallagher

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hailed Lionel Messi as the greatest footballer of all time following his 2022 FIFA World Cup triumph.

Messi was instrumental in Argentina’s final victory on Sunday, scoring two goals and his penalty shoot-out after the match ended 3-3 after extra time, giving his nation their first World Cup since Diego’s side Maradona achieved the same feat in 1986.

The World Cup was the only glaring omission in Messi’s résumé ahead of this winter’s tournament, with many seeing that lack of international success as the reason why Maradona and Pele were still the best one-and-two footballers of all time. times.

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Since his World Cup victory, however, Messi, in many people’s eyes, including 90 minutes‘S \- solidified his legacy as the greatest player of all time.

Speaking to the press ahead of the Carabao Cup match between Man City and Liverpool on Thursday, Guardiola said he agreed Messi is number one: “Everyone has an opinion, but nobody can doubt that he’s there like the greatest of all time.

“For me he is the best, hard to understand a player can compete with what he has done. People who have seen Pele or Di Stefano or Maradona. Opinions are sentimental, but on the other hand, if he would not have won the World Cup, opinion and my opinion would not change.

“It’s normal for people to depend on whether you win or are rated. The last cherries of an incredible career.”

This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Pep Guardiola hails Lionel Messi as ‘greatest of all time’ .