Football club rivalries among fans is a billion times fiercer than we see during an IPL match. Diehard fans have iron like loyalties towards their clubs and players and no matter what, they support their teams in every thick and thin. Social media banter against rival teams and players is a normal thing to see during the matches.
But one player which has managed to cut through fierce rivalry and sheer loyalty of fans and players alike is one and only Lionel Messi. No matter which team you support, which era of football you have loved and what is your level of understanding of the game; you can not ignore the class and enigma of Messi.
Messi is the toughest puzzle of the world soccer which only he can solve. The world of football is now divided into two parts; pre and post-Messi era. Since his debut on 16 October 2004; Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini has scored 231 assists, 565 goals, and 701 apps. With 5 Ballon d’Or to his kitty, Messi is one of the most celebrated and decorated players the world has ever seen in the history of soccer.
On his 30th birthday, let us take a look at how other greats from the world think about Lionel Messi.