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'Messi Is The Best Of All Time'

A famous Scottish manager has called Barcelona's Lionel Messi the "best of all time", saying he believed in God when the Argentine pulled his hamstring in a game against his side.

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Gordon Strachan, 64, has gone up against the Blaugrana captain a few times in his managerial career, but has fond memories of one night in March 2008 in particular.

"He came on in one of the games against Celtic, and it was, 'Jesus, where did this come from?'" he told the Daily Star.  

"I'd heard about him, but we'd never at Celtic seen this kind of Barcelona-type football, the midfield we played that night was (Andres) Iniesta, Xavi (Hernandez) and Yaya Toure, that was the midfield three.

"We played Barcelona away and we did the usual team talk, keep it tight, fans will turn upon them, etc. 45 seconds, 1-0 Barcelona, then I believed in God because 30 minutes later he pulled his hamstring, Messi. Thank you, God!"

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The former Scotland and Celtic manager then went on to state that he believes the Argentine is the greatest player ever to grace a football field.

"I think he's the best player of all time. Again going back to this humility thing, I spoke to people at Barcelona and they said listen, not only is he a genius, he's a wonderful kid, everybody loves him," Strachan continued.

"There's this quote I was talking to Harry Kane about. The coach of Chicago Bulls talking about Michael Jordan, who said 'Coach, you never call me a great player'. He said 'Well, you'll never be a great player until you make people around you great.

"And that's what Messi does. And he's enjoying these people, there are other greats who don't see it, that's why.

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"To score that amount of goals. You've got Pele, great man, fantastic round the box. But you watch (Messi) when he goes in midfield and he hits these balls and passes and sees things that you've never seen before, and his assist tally is ridiculous, and his goals."

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