The former Barcelona defender Edmilson has said that Lionel Messi is one of the best players in the world. He has also said that he was extremely sure that the young Argentine will be capable of doing such remarkable things when he was still a youth team player at the club.
Lionel Messi came through the ranks at the club and is now one of the recognised international stars in the world. He scored a remarkable 73 goals in all competitions for Barcelona last season, while the 25-year-old is expected to reach his peak in the next few seasons. He may not have one any major title with the club last season, but he has been hugely successful with Barcelona in the last four seasons.
The former defender at the club – Edmilson – has said that the first time he saw Lionel Messi was when he was training with the first-team back in 2004. Edmilson said that he claimed to his teammates that Lionel Messi would one day become the best player in the world and it has been the exact case for the last three seasons now. Lionel Messi has won the FIFA world player of the year award three times in succession, while he is the favourite this year as well.
“I came in 2004 and I saw him come up from Barca B to train with us. I said to my friends -‘this kid will do something special one day’. I think it’s brilliant to reach such a high level and keep that up for so long. The hardest thing is staying at the top and Messi has been the best player over the last few years. He’s shown that with his goals and his attitude on the pitch. Let’s hope he continues to score lots of goals and Barca keep winning,” said Edmilson.
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