Carles Puyol recently spoke in an interview with Goal. The former Barcelona captain told that he considers his ex team-mate Lionel Messi as the greatest player of history, explaining that it’s hard to admit that from Real Madrid’s perspective.
“If you ask me who Michael Jordan is, I will say that he is the best basketball player in history. I think Messi will have the same status – the best footballer of all time. It is also talked about whether Michael Jordan is the best in history, and these are opinions, and sometimes it is difficult to be objective. It is difficult for a Real Madrid fan to recognise that Messi is the best,” said Puyol.
“We have been lucky to have him but I really say, taking away the feeling of being a Culé, that the numbers are there, these have not been invented and they show that he is the best,” he added.
The Argentine broke Pele’s record of scoring the most goals for a single club in history on Thursday against Real Valladolid, netting the 644th goal of his career.
Puyol continued: “At Barcelona, he has already beaten all the records and I don’t know if there will be anyone who can fight with him in the future because he has set the bar very high.”
In fact, former professional footballer Gary Lineker added great perspective on how impressive Messi’s record is:
Puyol finished his words telling that the 33-year-old will keep leading the Catalan club to titles, and added that he would love to see him win well-deserved titles with his national team as well:
“I continue to trust that a Barcelona led by Leo will continue to win titles. I don’t know if he has much more to achieve. He still has to win a title with the national team. I am not Argentine but I would be excited for him because I think he deserves it and I know he really wants to do it.”
Even though his finishing has not been the best for his own standards, Messi has been in great form recently and it truly looks like he has finally overcome the tough summer times. With a new president getting appointed soon and a renewed sporting project, it looks like there is no reason for him not to stay.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.