Manchester City midfielder llkay Gundogan has labelled Barcelona greatest player Lionel Messi as the only best player of this generation. Messi and Ronaldo are once again in the Ballon d’Or conversation this time around, alongside the likes of Virgil van Dijk, who helped guide Liverpool to the Champions League title last campaign.

“Lionel Messi [is the best player in the world],”Gundogan 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 continued to star for Barcelona this season, scoring nine goals in 11 games in all competitions.The Argentine’s latest effort, a hat-trick, took him to the 40-goal mark in a calendar year for the 11th successive year.

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