Former Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella believes Lionel Messi will eventually evolve into a playmaking role in the future.
Whilst in charge of Argentina, Sabella successfully devised a system which saw
the Barcelona star replicate his club form on the international stage, especially at
the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Under Sabella's tutelage, the 27-year-old Barca ace also equalled Gabriel Batistuta’s record of 12 goals in a calendar year.
In the future, Sabella believes the four-time Ballon d’Or winner will evolve into more of a playmaker, rather than remaining the main man up front.
“As time passes and he loses that extraordinary, explosive pace, he will become more of a playmaker,” Sabella told Cope. “He’s so extraordinary that we only know [him as a goalscorer], but can do so much more.”
Sabella also believes the swift left-footed dribbler will go down in history as the one of the best the sport has seen.
“He is one of the world's great players, and we are lucky to see him week in, week out. He is one of the best players all time,” he added. "His team-mates know that he can win a game, he can help win a match, and his opponents are scared of what he can do to them.
"He is a decisive, incredible player.”