Lionel Messi is not only widely recognised as the world’s finest active player, he is also widely recognised as the finest of all time. As the most influential player in the team – Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona of 2008-2012 – similarly considered the best the world has seen, he is also remarkably decorated.
Before the conclusion of his 34th year his total of 34 winners medals gave him more than any other player in the club’s history, and largely because he had surpassed César Rodríguez as their record goalscorer. It is therefore perhaps little surprise that he has been awarded the Ballon d’Or trophy a record six times – in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019 – and almost certainly has more to achieve. It is also inevitable he has influenced his times to the extent he has, and that so many of those interviewed by The Coaches’ Voice have offered so many insights into the privilege of being both a colleague of his, and an opponent. We have therefore, in tribute, collated the best of those quotes into one place.