Lionel Messi has named his 10 ‘favourite’ team-mates across his professional career with Barcelona, PSG, Inter Miami and the Argentina national team.
The 36-year-old has effectively achieved everything there is to achieve in football, having lifted his record-extending eighth Ballon d’Or crown at the end of October.
The victory was sealed when he won the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a tournament in which he won the Golden Ball as the best player and ticked off one of the final boxes of the Messi checklist.
The final box could be a stint with Inter Miami, where he has spent the last four months. The Argentinian legend guided them to winning the Leagues Cup after a month of his arrival.
Messi has been joined in the United States by former Barcelona team-mates Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, while the MLS franchise has also been linked with moves for fellow Les Cules alumni Luis Suarez and defender Sergi Roberto.
In an interview with Titan Sports earlier this year, the forward was asked to reel off his ‘favourite’ team-mates and, given the list of world superstars he has played with, managed to narrow it down to 10.
He started with the duo he often played alongside up front during his early days as a Barcelona player – Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o.
Fellow Les Cules icons Xavi and Andres Iniesta were on the list, and Busquets also got a mention.
And Messi added a number of other players to the list – with all of the names having played for Barca at some stage during their careers.
He stated (quotes via Daily Mirror): “Ronaldinho, Eto’o, Suarez, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets. I was lucky enough to play with the best players and enjoy the game with them.
“Speaking of which, I almost forgot Neymar because there are so many people. There must be many players I forgot to mention.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play with the best players, with the best strikers. Like Neymar, Eto’o, Suarez, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and [David] Villa, and many more.
“I’ve been comfortable playing with all of them, or almost all of them, because I’ve been lucky enough to play with the best of them… playing with them is easy.”