Ex- England star, Gary Lineker still takes after Barcelona right up ’til today and has discussed his former side, alongside Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema, expressing that the Argentine is the best of all time. He didn’t hesitate to adulate Messi. The ex-player believes that, right now, nobody can outshine Barcelona’s magician.
Lineker told Lobo Carrasco in an interview with Mundo Deportivo. The current sports pundit spoke further about Messi and his adoration for the Argentine, Lineker exasperated when the journalist asked him if the Russia World Cup would be the Argentinian’s last:
“Can you imagine football without Messi? What are we going to do?”
Regardless of whether it is his last World Cup, Messi is hopeful of performing admirably and needs to include football’s most prestigious World cup trophy to his long significant list of achievements.
Lineker wouldn’t like to consider it.
“It will be a very sad day when he retires. When he’s not playing, the game isn’t as interesting. He’s the best ever, but the day will come where he won’t be playing anymore“
Amid a three year spell in Spain, Lineker scored 42 goals in 103 LaLiga appearances with the Blaugrana and was the highest scoring British player in League history, before being outperformed by Gareth Bale.
“Barcelona play with 13 players because they have Messi.”
“I love Barcelona, “I see all of their games; I am a fan of Barcelona and my four children are too.
“Barcelona have been the best since Ronaldinho, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta and, above all, Messi.
“Messi is from another world.”
He went on to explain the reason he is so fascinated by Messi.
“He does four or five things in a game that I have never done in my career,” said Lineker. “He does amazing things, he’s the best of all time.
“I never thought that I’d see someone better than [Diego] Maradona; they say that Maradona won a World Cup and Messi hasn’t, but Leo has four Champions League titles and Maradona has none.
He was then asked how Spain would have fared if Messi had been nationalized, rather than playing for Argentina
I have always thought that if Leo had been nationalized for Spain before making his debut with Argentina, Spain would have won even more: three World Cup titles and three European Championships
The enormous difference between Leo and Maradonna, for Lineker, are the statistics. “The numbers. Messi scores in relatively every game. Diego didn’t score the same number of. Leo passes and dribbles like Diego, but, without being a natural goalscorer, he scores a great deal. They are both the best, but Messi is a tad better