The Argentine did not feature in Barcelona’s last game of the season and is yet to confirm whether he will stay or go this summer
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has restated his admiration for Lionel Messi, as speculation concerning a potential reunion for the pair at Etihad Stadium continues to mount.
The Barcelona star has long been tipped as a potential signing for Guardiola, who knows the Argentine well from their time together at Camp Nou.
Messi is still yet to confirm his future at Barca, although the club retains hope he will not leave this summer.
“He’s very strong, the strongest. Beyond his quality, it’s his mentality, his head,” Guardiola said of Messi in a Twitch interview alongside former Italy stars Christian Vieri, Antonio Cassano and Daniele Adani.
“In four years at Barcelona, we played a lot of games in training and he didn’t lose even one. If he had lost, he would’ve left. He has that competitive mentality that only four or five players in history have, they have something different.
“We all knew that Messi was the best, but then there were six or seven others who were strong and others who didn’t play because the others were so strong.”