Football fanatics, and Barcelona fans in particular, regard Lionel Messi, who stands at 5’7′′, as a god. Indeed, the Argentinian star can also find enthusiasts among other footballers, and not just fans. For instance, per Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, ‘Messi is on a completely different level’.
Messi’s individual achievements and performances, in themselves, are unrivalled. He has clinched six Ballon d’Or and Golden Boots each, eight Pichichi awards, and much more as a solo performer.
Further, he has saved the Catalan club numerous times throughout the years. He’s won four Champions League crowns, 10 La Liga crowns, and seven Copa del Reys with Barcelona.
Moreover, after Diego Maradona, Messi is certainly the Argentinian footballer that his countrymen worship the most. One day, he may even surpass Maradona in posterity.
Aside from all this, we can determine his brilliance solely by what his opponents have to say about him.
Bounou talked about Messi during an interview with Goal.
When asked about the superstar footballer, said Bounou, “Messi is on a completely different level, he has been the best for many years, and is an exceptional player in this era of the sport.”
Bounou has documented his admiration for the Argentine previously, too. The two met while the Moroccan was playing for Girona. Then, they even switched jerseys following Barcelona’s 2-0 victory in the Montilivi derby.
After that match, he later spoke to beIN sport talking about that exchange.
“He had promised me last season that we would exchange jerseys this season,” he said, simply but reverently.