- Lionel Messi has been rated the best player of all time by former boss Quique Setien
- The 62-year-old was in charge of the Blaugrana for just eight months after taking over from Ernesto Valverde in January
- After the compliments, Setien revealed that the 33-year-old is very difficult to manage
Former Barcelona manager Quique Setien finally opens up on his relationship with Lionel Messi during his short spell at the club.
The 62-year-old spent just eight months in charge of the Catalans despite originally signing a two-year deal earlier this year.
He parted ways with the Blaugrana after their disappointing 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in August.
Despite his unceremonial departure from the Nou Camp, he believes the Argentine forward is the all-time best player in the world.
He added that the 33-year-old's consistency puts him ahead of every other player deserving of the status.
"I think Messi is the best of all time. There have been other great players who have been great, but the continuity that this boy has had throughout the years has not been had by anyone.
However, Setien insisted that Messi is highly difficult to manage, adding that he had no reason to change him as reported by Goal.com.
"Leo is difficult to manage. Who am I to change him! If they have accepted him as he is for years and have not changed him.
"There's another facet beyond just the player and it's more difficult to manage. Much more difficult. It's something inherent in many athletes that can be seen in the Michael Jordan documentary ("The Last Dance"). You see things you don't expect.
"He's very reserved but he makes you see the things that he wants. He doesn't talk much."
Setien believes that in hindsight, he would have been better off making decisions with the club as a whole in mind, rather than any individual players.
"After leaving what I am clear on is that at certain times I should have made other decisions, but there's something above you: the club.
"And it is above the president, the player, the coach. It's the club and the fans. They are the ones to whom you owe the greatest respect, and you have to do what is most convenient for the club as a whole."
Legit.ng earlier reported that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has rated Lionel Messi high above Cristiano Ronaldo claiming that the Argentine is the best player.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have for the past 10 years been involved in serious rivalries most especially when the Portugal international was playing for Real Madrid.
And so far, Lionel Messi has won six Ballon d'Or awards while Cristiano Ronaldo has been decorated with the prestigious crown five times.
Fans of these two great players are always involved in debates and arguments over who is the best and that will continue until they both stop playing football.
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