Lionel Messi: Video of football legends praising the Barcelona star will give you goosebumps

Messi has been praised by football legends

Many regard Lionel Messi as the greatest footballer of all time. For good reason too.

The Barcelona superstar has 634 goals and 268 assists in 731 games for his club, a record only Cristiano Ronaldo comes close to matching. 

But given the Argentine's natural ability with the ball at his feet, many claim Messi just edges out his rival as the greatest. 

As supporters, we all love watching him play. But just imagine what it's like trying to defend against Messi. 

It's an unenviable and often impossible task. 

Despite recently turning 33, the Argentine is still expected to rip it up in La Liga and the Champions League this season... even without his partner in crime Luis Suarez. 

Ahead of Barca's new campaign which kicks off against Villareal on Sunday, a video of players and legends talking about Messi has gone viral. 

Messi is often impossible to stop

It compiles clips of Jose Mourinho, Rio Ferdinand, Antonio Conte, Jurgen Klopp, Ashley Cole and many, many others trying to explain how to stop the Barcelona star.

The video also includes the likes of Harry Kane, Virgil van Dijk and Alessandro Nesta all praising the forward, calling him the best in the world. 

Many football fans are calling this one of the best Messi videos they've ever seen, so check it out below: 

If that doesn't convince you that Messi is a special player, then nothing will. 

Perhaps it's Nesta who sums him up best in the video.

"He has something special, he's a really extraordinary player. [Cristiano] Ronaldo is a great champion too, but Messi is special, he's the toughest for a defender [to face]. 

Messi is hard to tackle

"You look at him and he's just about to break into a sweat, while you are already more than dead. There is no way to mark him, he keeps the ball like nobody else."

The 1.9 million people who have viewed the compilation agree with you, Alessandro. 

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