Lionel Messi cemented his legacy last Sunday when Argentina won the 2022 FIFA World Cup, beating France on penalties (4-2) and possibly claiming GOAT status depending on what you ask .
For Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who managed Messi during his time at FC Barcelona, there is no debating; the veteran striker is the GOAT for what he was able to accomplish on the pitch.
The argument that stopped Messi from claiming the GOAT was the lack of a World Cup on his CV, but now that’s gone and for many, like Guardiola, the title belongs solely to the Argentine.
« Everyone has their own personal opinion, but there’s no doubt in my mind that Lionel Messi is the greatest player of all time, » Guardiola told reporters (h/t Canal Supporters). “Of course people have seen Pelé, Di Stefano or Maradona play and are emotionally attached to what they have seen.
« But I don’t think any (Site notre bureau spécialisé)er can compete with what Messi has done. And I wouldn’t have changed my mind even if Leo hadn’t won the World Cup on Sunday. This title is just the icing on the cake of an incredible career!
Moreover, Paris Saint-Germain could have the GOAT for a little longer. Messi’s contract which he signed in 2021 expires in June but it looks like both parties are keen on reaching a new deal.
It only remains to agree on the financial details and the conditions of the contract to obtain an extension.