Messi is 'the best player in history'

Jessica Allison
April 29, 2017

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is adamant he does not regret naming Gareth Bale in his starting XI for Sunday's 3-2 defeat against Barcelona regardless of the Wales international's renewed injury problems. They play Alaves in the Cup final on May 27.

Indeed, Capello, who won two Liga titles during his two spells in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, was enraged by Sergio Ramos' two-footed lunge on the Argentina worldwide, which resulted in the Real defender being shown a straight red card.

Osasuna manager Peter Vasiljevic has revealed that his players commented in jest that they need "handcuffs and a pistol" to stop Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

His second goal decided the game, a left-footed shot from the top of the area with 12 seconds left in stoppage time after a low pass by Jordi Alba.

"He's the best of all time and I have seen a lot of football matches and videos".

"We all know Messi and he can make a difference", the German goalkeeper told Mundo Deportivo.

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After rattling one home in the 92nd minute, Messi removed his shirt and held his name and number aloft for the Real fans behind the goal to read slowly and surely.

Messi's second goal of the night was his 500th for Barcelona and it took the Catalan side to the top of La Liga.

Luis Enrique - and Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta - called on Messi, whose contract expires at the end of next season, not to follow him in leaving the Camp Nou. Leo always creates superiority in the middle of the pitch and we want him to participate as much as possible.

Messi was singled out for praise by several team mates after his virtuoso performance helped Barcelona take three points from a game in which they were under pressure for long periods. "For us, it's a honour and a blessing for the club".

His goal may not change the destination of the title, which is still in Madrid's hands given its game in hand, but it keeps the race alive.

"The rest of us made a very big effort and together we earned the victory".

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