'Barca Are UCL Favourites Because Of Messi'
'FC Barcelona Are UEFA Champions League Favourites Because Of Lionel Messi'
One of the world's top managers believes FC Barcelona are favourites to win the UEFA Champions League because of Lionel Messi.
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have been in incredible touch this season, winning 18 straight games in the Premier League – a run that has never before been achieved.
As a result, many are tipping the Citizens to win the Champions League, but manager Guardiola believes otherwise.
The Spaniard was recently asked if he backs his men as favourites for this season's edition of Europe's biggest club competition, and according to Sky Sports, he replied with: "Who does (Lionel) Messi play for?"
The reporter quickly named Barca as the side Messi represents, with Guardiola responding: "So they're the favourites."
Messi has been in great form for the Catalan club this season, scoring 19 goals and assisting another eight strikes in 25 matches so far
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