The times Mourinho praised Messi
We have drawn up a list of all the times that 'The Special One' took his hat off to the magic of Messi. Despite them always being rivals, Mou admires him.
'I don't think Messi has to win the World Cup with Argentina to be great, he's already great. A lot of the greats did it, so they're all waiting for him to do it too'.
'Messi has all my respect because he plays for his national team. Not everyone who has been to the World Cup can say the same thing'.
'Leo is an example, like the Dutchman Kuyt, who one day plays as a winger, another as a sub and another as a striker'.
'Leo Messi is impossible to mark. he is unique and makes a difference. With him, any great team can win the Champions League'.
'Messi has the most dangerous opponent I've ever had. Every time I had to face him, I spent hours and hours thinking about how to stop him collectively, because it's impossible to mark the man'.
'It is easier to win the Champions League with Messi than against Messi'.
'Messi, Pelé and Maradona are the 3 best players in history'.
We will all cry when Messi is 34 and retires'.
'I hope he never leaves because he belongs to Barça and Barça belong to him'.
'My son told me one thing I'll never forget: 'You're going to win trophies against Messi, not with him'.
'Without Messi, Argentina wouldn't be a candidate for the World Cup'.
'His game is easy to understand, but it's not easy to create a cage to control it, because he comes from the right and then stays in the middle. When Messi has the ball and has a one on one you are dead'.
'Messi is Messi. I'm not saying he 'The Special One' of this week because he's 'The Special One' of all time. He is the God of football. We'll cry when he retires'.