"With me, you'll score three or four goals a game."
--Pep Guardiola, Barcelona coach, talking with Lionel Messi in their first ever meeting.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Lionel Messi Continues Hot Streak
"If he carries on like this he will set records that no one will ever break, ever again," Guardiola said. "And he doesn't just score goles, he scores golazos [huge goals]."
“I am sorry for those who want to occupy his throne but this lad is simply the best,” said Guardiola. “Michael Jordan dominated his sport, Messi does the same in football. There’s nothing more to say.”
With a recent hat trick, Messi has 54 goals in 45 matches this season, one short of the Spanish season record, with 13 matches left in the season. He has 234 goals in his Barcelona career.
"If there is a player who plays with zero adornments, it is Leo," he said, "I've never seen a stepover from him, or a [pointless] flick: he is the ultimate in effectiveness."
"Don't write about him, don't try to describe him," Guardiola quite rightly said, "watch him."
Excerpts from WashingtonPost.com, Guardian.co.uk and tribune.com.pk (March 21, 2012)