|Messi and Guardiola at Barça|
Days after Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded his fourth Ballon d’Or award, Manchester City and former FC Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has come out to voice his opinion on the ever-present debate on who’s better between the Barça magician and the Portuguese number 7 and Guardiola’s opinion was an expected one.
Lionel Messi ended 2016 with most goals and most assists of any player, racking up 3 trophies in the process but Cristiano Ronaldo was handed the Ballon d’Or award on December 12 after winning the Champions League and European Championship. Barça coach Luis Enrique didn’t quite agree with it and labelled the award “Melon d’Or” insisting Messi should win everyone possible.
Pep Guardiola who was Messi’s coach for four years at Barça seems to agree with the Asturian, congratulating Cristiano Ronaldo for the honour but also stated that he thinks Messi is on another level, recall that Messi already scored 4 goals against his team this season including a hat-trick.
“I agree with Luis [Enrique]. Messi is the best, he is definitely the best,” Guardiola stated in his recent press conference on Friday.
“He knows how to play, score and make the other players play. He is always there.
“With all due respect to all the players, first to Cristiano Ronaldo – congratulations to him for the award (Ballon d’Or) – I think Messi is on another level.”
Pep is right.