Former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has explained why superstar Lionel Messi is the best player he has ever seen.
The Spaniard worked with the Argentine from 2008 to 2012 at the Camp Nou, where they won 14 trophies during their time together.
Guardiola, who has hailed Messi many times in the past, believes the 30-year-old is the best footballer he has ever seen, and put it down to the ease with which the Argentine seems to play the beautiful game.
"He is the best player I have ever seen," he told L'Esportiu.
"The best thing about him is not what he does but how simple he makes everything look.
"He is not just the best player because he can dribble past three or four players, it is because he does it better than anyone in the world."
Guardiola won two UEFA Champions League titles at Barca, as well as three La Liga titles – all very much inspired by Messi's performances.
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