"Messi the new Maradona? I hope so, in fact I want him to become even better than me. Everyone will benefit if he does," added the former Napoli star. "I really hope Messi is not just the new Maradona, but that he is even better than me."
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Chelsea) "He is very good between the sticks and also when he has to go out to intercept passes. He has very safe hands."
Right-back: Maicon (Inter Milan) "I like the style of this Brazilian right-back. He is quick, uses the ball well and makes good decisions when attacking."
Central defender: Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) "He is very good in the air and very strong on his feet. He is very hard to get past."
Central defender: Carles Puyol (Barcelona) "He is a leader, he has contagious optimism and he never loses the ball. He is a great team captain."
Left-back: Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord) "I know him from his days at Barcelona. He is spirited, determined, a good marker and contributes a lot in attack. He has had a good season at Feyenoord."
Right midfield: Javier Zanetti (Inter) "He is a perfect example of a professional footballer: supportive, tireless and he gives everything on the pitch."
Central midfield: Xavi Hernández (Barcelona) "I've picked my team-mate because I think the middle of the pitch is his natural habitat. He feels comfortable and dominates everything that happens in that area. He is a phenomenon."
Attacking midfield: Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal) "He was my team-mate and my friend in the youth teams of Barcelona. He has grown a lot as a player and has had an excellent 2008."
Left midfield: Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) "The last year has confirmed what a great player he is. He is always in the right place to help the team when they need him."
Forward: Sergio Agüero (Atlético Madrid) "I love him and not just because he's Argentinian! He plays like the gods, has extraordinary quality and a great instinct for scoring goals."
Forward: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) "I love this type of player. He has a great shot, good control of the ball, uses of his body well in the area. He is a great goalscorer."
Coach: Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) "Sir Alex, a gentleman, with all the titles. Manchester United won everything in 2008 and that makes him the coach of the year."
06.11.2008 หลังจากฝึกซ้อมที่ Miniestadi เมสซี่ได้เดินทางไปพบมาราโดน่าโค้ชคนใหม่ของทีมชาติอาร์เจนติน่าที่บาร์เซโลน่าโฮเทล ทั้งคู่เพิ่งจะมีโอกาสได้คุยกันหลังจากมีการแต่งตั้งมาราโดน่าขึ้นมา โดยมาราโดน่าได้ทัวร์ยุโรปเพื่อพบกับนักเตะคนอื่นๆด้วย โดยก่อนหน้านี้ไม่กี่นาทีเมสซี่ได้รับการโวตให้เป็น the best player of 2008 โดยผู้ใช้ของ fifa.com
เหล่าบรรดานักเตะของบาร์เซโลน่าเดินทางไป Navarre ทางตอนเหนือของสเปนเพื่อเข้าร่วมในพิธีศพของคุณพ่อของ Juan Carlos Unzué, goalkeeper coach R.I.P นะคะ T.T.. [ps.เมสซี่ใส่สูทบ่อยช่วงนี้ หล่ออ :p
Valdés 7: Not at fault for the goal and saw little of the ball otherwise. Fine.
Dani Alves 6.5: Unable to dribble forward due to the state of the pitch, he was often a third wheel. Still, he was instrumental in the fourth, which he attempted to claim!
Márquez 5.5: Very quiet, but had little to do until the end, when he looked less than comfortable.
Piqué 7.5: Deeply, deeply at fault for Duda's goal but he was, amazingly, excellent otherwise in difficult conditions.
Puyol 7.5: Played out of position but still asserted himself. An admirable showing.
Busquets 6: Too fancy for the surface and clearly grew frustrated in the first half, but regained his composure in the second.
Yaya Touré 7: Had the right ideas on the ball. Chipped it forward well and defended deep when required.
Xavi 9: A delicious free kick to open the scoring, and a confident performance otherwise. The second goal? Genius.
Messi 8: Squeezed home an incredibly accurate finish to give his side the 2-1 lead, and otherwise never gave his markers any peace.
Eto'o 8: Covered plenty of groundand had the wisdom to drop back. Instrumental in Barça's third in that sense.
Iniesta 5.5: Never quite adjusted to the state of the pitch and was ineffectual in the through ball. Deservedly replaced by Henry.
Henry 7: Within minutes he provided an assist for Xavi. Put himself about in the box nicely otherwise.
Víctor Sánchez 6: Brought on with ten minutes to go to give Messi a break. Did enough.
Bojan 6: Like Sánchez's, his was a substitution of convenience.
Clip : Messi scored!!
Messi Interview :
Lionel Messi, who scored the second goal, said,
"We have achieved an important victory. It was a very complicated match due to the state of the match. The ball just stopped in the water. Although we don't usually play this way, we have adapted well. We won three points and that is all that counts."
The little Argentinean then assuaged any fears Barca fan's may have about his previous fragile record with injuries, stating "I am relaxed. I had a week to relax since I did not play in the Copa, and I am at full fitness. In addition, the rotations that the coach employs help to reduce the chance of injuries."
As reported by clubcall.com, the Argentinean admitted he fancied their chances again this season. He said: If I had to choose anyone to win the Champions League then it would be Liverpool.
Al perderte yo a ti ( The moment I lost you ) tu y yo hemos perdido ( We've both lost ) yo porque tu eras ( me because you were ) lo que mas amaba ( the person I loved the most y tu porque yo era ( and you because I was quien te amaba mas; ( the person who loved you the most) pero de nosotros dos (But between us ) tu pierdes mas que yo ( you lose more than I do) porque podre amar (because I'll be able to love) a otro ser como te amaba a ti, ( another person the way I loved you )
***** pero a ti no te amaran (but no one will love you ) como te amaba yo ( the way I did. )