Zidane Appears To Rate Lionel Messi Above Himself With 1 ‘Magical’ Attribute

Zidane Appears To Rate Lionel Messi Above Himself With 1 ‘Magical’ Attribute

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at November 10, 2023 at 8:25 AM
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  • Zinedine Zidane appears to elevate Lionel Messi above himself
  • The legendary French footballer touted the visionary attributes of Messi during a conversation organised by Adidas
  • The pair also lamented about the seeming extinction of No.10s from the modern game

Zinedine Zidane has discerned a distinctive quality shared by Lionel Messi, the ethereal Argentine football sensation.

In an engaging conversation orchestrated by Adidas, both Messi and Zidane exchanged praises about each other's illustrious careers, emphasising how they both ascended to the status of football 'legends.'

Zinedine Zidane, No. 10, 3 seconds, Lionel Messi, vision
Zinedine Zidane hailed Lionel Messi for his superb vision, which allows him to be three seconds ahead of his opponents. Photos by Shaun Botterill and The Asahi Shimbun
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During their extended discussion, the 36-year-old Inter Miami star, currently showcasing his skills in the MLS, engaged in a poignant conversation with Zidane, where the Frenchman expressed his regret at never having played alongside Messi, stating it was a 'pity' they never had the opportunity to share the pitch.

Undoubtedly, the two football icons have secured their places among the pantheon of football's greatest players. Despite their on-field rivalry, they have maintained a mutual admiration that has endured throughout their careers.

Throughout their dialogue, the Frenchman accentuated his impeccable vision and astuteness during his playing days.

However, the 51-year-old was quick to acknowledge Messi's exceptional prowess, labelling the 2022 World Cup winner as an otherworldly talent operating at a level that transcends ordinary expectations.

"I saw things before the other players, I was 1 second ahead of the rest. But you were 3 seconds ahead of the rest," Zizou said as quoted by Barca Universal.

The former Real Madrid boss' praise brought a smile to Messi's face, even causing the Argentine to appear to blush in response to his flattering compliments.

Messi, Zidane's take on No.10s fading out

Meanwhile, the iconic duo concurred on the gradual disappearance of the No.10 role from modern football, per Sportskeeda.

Traditionally, this role entailed operating in the intermediate space between the midfield and forward line.

However, evolving tactical approaches seem to have led to the diminishing prominence of the No.10 position, particularly with the widespread adoption of the 4-3-3 formation.

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Lionel Messi heaps praise on Zidane

In a recent tribute, Sports Brief reported that Lionel Messi lauded the illustrious career of Zidane, expressing his profound admiration for the legendary French footballer.

Despite not being teammates or sharing the same national affiliation, the two football icons have consistently held each other in high regard over the years.

During a close-knit conversation between the two celebrated figures, Messi openly conveyed his profound appreciation for Zidane, acknowledging him as one of the greatest to have ever graced the sport.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.