Ilkay Gundogan hails Lionel Messi as 'the greatest of all time'

‘He is the greatest of all time’: Ilkay Gundogan hails Lionel Messi as ‘the star player of this generation’ with Manchester City midfielder left in awe of Barcelona and Argentina talisman

  • Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer of all time, according to Ilkay Gundogan
  • Manchester City midfielder labelled Messi as ‘the star player of this generation’
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are often regarded as the game’s best-ever players
  • However, there is no doubt in Gundogan’s mind over who edges the debate 

Ilkay Gundogan has labelled Lionel Messi as the greatest footballer of all time.

Gundogan, who is currently away on international duty with Germany, described the Argentine as ‘the star player of this generation’.

The Barcelona talisman is often regarded as one of the best ever alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, with the pair both in the conversation for a record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or award. 

Ilkay Gundogan has labelled Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as the greatest footballer of all time 

The Man City midfielder went on to describe Messi as ‘the star player of this generation’

However, when asked who edges the contest, Gundogan made no hesitation by choosing Messi before describing what made him the elite player he is.

‘Lionel Messi [is the best player in the world],’ the Manchester City midfielder said.

‘In my opinion, he has very special abilities. He has talent and he always manages to show it on the pitch. He always has the instinct to make the right decision.

‘He uses his speed well against the opponents he plays. He has a strong finish. All in all, no one else has as much quality as Lionel Messi.


Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Messi (right) are often regarded as the game’s best-ever players

The Barcelona forward scored two free-kicks and a penalty in the 4-1 victory over Celta Vigo

‘He is the star player of my generation and the greatest footballer of all-time. I hope we get to watch him play for a few more years.’

The talismanic Argentine broke more records before the international break after his sublime hat-trick against Celta Vigo saw him reach the 40-goal mark in 11 consecutive calendar years.

Even at 32, Messi continues to reach unprecedented heights while chalking off milestones in the process.

Barcelona currently lead La Liga on goal difference, with Real Madrid level on points with the Catalan giants.




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