Speaking to Cielosports, former Barcelona star Javier Mascherano, currently lining out for Estudiantes in Argentina, offered high praise to his former Argentina and Barca teammate Lionel Messi.

Whenever I refer to Leo I say the same thing. In football, there is decision making and execution. Most players make good decisions, but they don’t execute them in the best way or the other way around. And he normally does both. And at the speed with which he plays [too], it’s different.”

In addition, Leo knows how to control games and that allows him, within a match, to have seven, eight or ten important chances, at 100%. That is his ability – to dominate the match. Normally, the game dominates us all. It takes you, you carry out different actions because the rival or the game invites you to do that. In the case of Leo, it is the other way around: he decides what to do or what not to do with the game. So he’s from another planet.