Pep Guardiola never hides his admiration from the player who was once his pupil, Lionel Messi. The ex-Barcelona coach has declared on various occasions that he considers the Argentina forward the best he's ever trained and the best in the world.
It is an opinion the Catalan coach has maintained since leaving Camp Nou in 2012 and going on to work for Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
Guardiola's latest praise for Messi came in his press conference on Sunday after City beat Aston Villa 6-1, with Sergio Aguero replacing Thierry Henry as the Premier League's top overseas goalscorer of all time.
He was asked by a journalist if Aguero is the best forward he's ever coached.
“The best is Messi,” said Guardiola, before biting back when it was suggested Messi wasn't a No 9: “Messi is a No 9, a No 10, a No 11, a No 12, a No 6, a No 5, a No 4, whatever. But of the rest [Agüero] is absolutely one of the best.”
Aguero scored a hat-trick in City's six-goal win, taking him on to 177 goals, two more than the 175 former Barça man Henry managed in his time in the league with Arsenal.