Messi en route to be the all-time greatest: Sergio Batista

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Madrid, April 29: The buzz that is going around the football world is also what Argentina coach Sergio Batista feels. The coach who took over from Diego Maradona has no doubt in his mind that Lionel Messi, will go on to become the greatest footballer of all time.

Batista made the comments after watching Messi single-handedly win the match for his club Barcelona against arch rival Real Madrid.

Reuters quoted the coach as saying, "We saw the Messi we all know and love. He's on his way to becoming the best player in history...Given what we already know and because he surpasses himself day by day, he's already the best in the world...I left the stadium telling myself, 'Thank God players like (Barca pair) Xavi and Messi exist'. They give you goose bumps, they thrill anyone."

The coach felt that the left-footed wonder would one day surpass legendary compatriot Diego Maradona. Maradona who coached the Argentina national team in the FIFA World Cup 2010 had said then, "Messi has already surpassed me."

Messi, who is subject of much adulation by football fans worldwide has scored 52 goals in this season for Barcelona. And despite Argentina's 4-0 loss to Germany in the 2010 World Cup, his countrymen feel that the youngster will bring back the coveted trophy in the 2014 FIFA World Cup which is to be held in Brazil.

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