‘Lionel Messi is not a footballer, he is a genius and the only genius in world football’: Fabio Capello hails Barcelona star and explains why he hasn’t won many trophies with Argentina
- Lionel Messi has scored an impressive 582 goals in 667 matches for Barcelona
- Former England and Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello praised the 31-year-old
- The retired Italian coach also spoke highly of Madrid’s 18-year-old Vinicius Junior
Former England and Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello has hailed Barcelona star Lionel Messi, saying that he is ‘the only genius in world football’.
The 31-year-old forward has scored an impressive 582 goals in 667 matches for the Catalan giants and won the Ballon d’Or on five occasions.
The retired Italian coach, who also managed AC Milan, praised Messi and explained why he has not won many trophies with Argentina. He won the Under 20 World Cup with his country back in 2005.
Fabio Capello has hailed Lionel Messi, saying that he is ‘the only genius in world football’
‘Leo Messi is not a footballer, he is a genius and the only genius in world football,’ said Capello, speaking at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.
‘He has not won much silverware with Argentina but that is because he cannot do it all alone.’
Messi and his Barcelona team-mates face Ligue 1 side Lyon in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday night.
The retired Italian coach also explained why Messi has not won many trophies with Argentina
Capello, who was in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu between 1996-1997 and 2006-2007, also complimented Madrid’s 18-year-old Vinicius Junior.
‘They told me three years ago that he was the next Brazilian talent to look out for,’ he added.
‘He is quick, knows how to play and is very talented. He now just needs to add goals to his game.’
The Brazilian has found the net seven times in 29 matches for Santiago Solari’s side this campaign.
Capello, who had two spells as boss at Real Madrid, complimented 18-year-old Vinicius Junior