Man City's Gundogan says "Messi is the greatest footballer of all time"

The German international made his opinion on the game's best clear

Gundogan celebrando su gol ante el Aston Villa
Gundogan celebrando su gol ante el Aston Villa  | AFP

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the greatest player of all time. 

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Despite the debate, which has now existed for a decade, about whether Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is the best, the German international made his opinion quite clear. 

"Lionel Messi [is the best player in the world]," he 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. 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."

Messi has scored nine goals in 11 appearances this season. He scored a hat-trick against Celta Vigo last weekend, with two of the goals coming from free-kicks. For the last 11 years, he has scored at least 40 goals in each calendar year. Even when Barça aren't on form, he is. 

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