Barcelona Legend Johan Cryuff’s Prediction About Young Lionel Messi When He First Started Comes to Pass

Barcelona Legend Johan Cryuff’s Prediction About Young Lionel Messi When He First Started Comes to Pass

  • Johan Cruyff’s 2008 prediction about Lionel Messi has emerged and the late, great legendary footballer saw the future
  • Cruyff had predicted the Argentine star will end up winning multiple Ballon d’Or awards before the end of his footballing career due to how good he is
  • Messi has won seven Ballon d’Or awards so far and is considered as one of the best players to have played the game of football

Lionel Messi is considered one of the all-time greats to ever play the game of football after an enviable career that includes several trophies and individual awards.

The 35-year-old joined Barcelona at the age of 13 but went on to establish a lasting legacy with the Catalan giants that was foreseen by Dutch legend Johan Cruyff.

Johan Cruyff, Lionel Messi, Barcelona, La Liga, Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1, Villareal
Lionel Messi has won 7 Ballon d'Or awards in his career. Photo by Denis Doyle
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According to Give Me Sport, the Dutch legend’s quote about Messi was revealed by commentators during a game between Barcelona and Villareal, where he predicted the Argentine will multiple Ballon d’Or awards.

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“Still, only 20, he has a little bit to learn about the game: when to provide the right pass and when to dribble. When he fully understands that, he won’t just get one Golden Ball (Ballon d’Or), he’ll have an entire collection by the time his career ends.”

Lionel Messi has gone on to win the Ballon d’Or 7 times in his career and has won the La Liga on multiple occasions as well as also winning the Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League, Ligue 1, Copa America, World Club Cup, and lots more.

Lionel Messi thanked Samuel Eto’o for career-saving advice

Meanwhile, Samuel Eto'o has revealed that Lionel Messi thanked him for some career-changing advice in the Argentine’s early days at La Liga giants Barcelona.

According to The Sun, the Cameroonian icon refused to disclose what Messi thanked him for but revealed the young Argentine had to fix two or three things about his game that helped his career.

The pair played together at the LaLiga giants for six years between the Argentine's 2003 debut and Eto'o's 2009 departure for Inter Milan.

Bayern Munich legend likens Lionel Messi to unbeaten American boxer

Earlier, Sports Brief reported legendary Ghanaian defender, Sammy Kuffuor, has likened Argentina and Paris Saint Germain star Lionel Messi to unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather.

The former Bayern Munich centre-back believes the two sportsmen are unmatched when it comes to the desire to win.

In a video posted on social media, Kuffuor was full of praise for the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner.