Pep Guardiola thinks Leo Messi is ‘the best defender out there’

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Since watching his next club, Bayern Munich, win all the time gets boring after a while, Pep Guardiola is in Argentina giving a series of speeches. Over the corse of this chatter, Guardiola has declared that Lionel Messi is also the best at defending. And that prior to taking charge of Barcelona B in 2007, he had never seen the then 20-year-old reigning World Young Player of the Year play.

From Football Espana:

“Messi is the best defender out there. When trying to take the ball off you, he will. I’m sure if you put him at left-back he would be the same,” commented Guardiola this week.

“My influence? If he does what he does in the area, what do I have to do with that?

“When I first came across him, I had never seen him play, but Tito [Vilanova] had already told me wonders.”

So there you have it. Messi can do it all. And in addition to scoring and defending better than anyone else, he is also the best at sitting on the bench when he's hurt, the absolute greatest giggler and he recently received a coffee mug that says he's the world's best dad. Take that, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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