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Messi this messi that put him in premier league then we can have our say on him. He is quality in the slow league to be honest i would prefer ronaldo he has been in both leagues. I think messi is staying at barca because if he goes to the prem his rating will go down. If he played in the prem i would admit he is the best in the world but until then im saying ronaldo
Posted 11:11 18th January 2013
you really think that neymar is going to barcelona...even though he has expressed his desire to play in the premier league???
Posted 10:50 17th January 2013
there is no way messi would be as good in the prem league, 1 he doesn have xavi and iniesta to put it on a plate for him and 2 he isn strong enough to handle the physical style of the prem, if the chap bulked up he wouldn be as quick and his movement would slow down .. Guillem is just biased to la liga because he is spanish
Posted 15:00 16th January 2013
I am surprised perez has capitualted or that he has been convinced by mourinho that he can brong him a CL trophy. I think the writing is on the wall and letting stink up spanish football is not doing anyone any favors. It seems like the players wont respond for him in spite of him and that will translate into a mess against united. Do you think with increasing pressure in the next month he could be fired before the CL? They were lucky to beat valencia last night!
Posted 14:57 16th January 2013
It's not a silly question at all, re: Messi's strike-rate in other leagues. While you can point the finger at Manchester Utd's current leaky defense, the fact remains that there is only 1 other team in the entire top half of the table who have conceded more. That is a marked difference from La Liga, where the gulf in stats between Barca and the rest is obvious and huge. Just face facts, Guillem: the defenses in Spain are pretty shoddy, and no, Messi could not score as many goals in England as he has in La Liga. That does not mean he wouldn't continue to be the best player in the world -- of course he would. But this blanket denial of the difference in quality between Spanish defenses and those found in other, tougher leagues is as boring as it is biased. The gulf between Real & Barca, and the rest of the league will continue to grow, until La Liga fixes its television rights problem. Relying upon Barca to showcase the awesomeness of Spanish football wears a little thin, my friend.
Posted 14:37 16th January 2013
Hi Guillem. Im a massive fan of yours and I always get the refreshing feeling that you tell it as it is, which is rare for someone in your possition. First of all I was wondering if you know where falcao will be moving too and if any of the top players in la liga such as villa are looking at moving to the premier league. Also what are your thought on ronaldo returning to england or elsewere? Would be great to hear from you.
Posted 09:36 16th January 2013
Messi is such a wonderful player. Can definitely play anywhere n the world... That's why he takes every World Cup he's been in by storm. Surely you can't deny he's a different player without his friends at Barca? If he is the best, let's judge him by standards that are fitting of the best and not call it a "technicality" If he doesn't win the World Cup before he retires, he'll be the best player - ever - never to win the world cup. Sure he may only have 3 World Player Of The Year titles...but at least Ronaldo (Brazil) can say that he's got two winner's medals.
Posted 09:24 16th January 2013
Guilleme good morning, first of all how can the real madrid fans turn on Jose Mourinho after he clearly was the reason for them winning la liga last season (other than ronaldo of course) and the sub standard performances this season are clearly down to player power, also I think you were to quick to dismiss alan's point about messi and tackling am I right in saying messi has never scored against chelsea in about 10 games and other than. The two goals he scored against man utd he has only ever scored against an extremely under par Arsenal, I accept messi is a great player but the best of all time please. First he has NEVER reproduced his Barca form for argentina who aren't exactly a poor team (messi aguero higuain di maria not a bad strikeforce) and its quite clear messi has never scored one of his trademark runs agianst an english team or an international team excluding the pointless friendlies with weakened sides something we see him do against normally the poor defensive teams in spain. Also the greatest of all is a little premature for a player who lost spanish league and the kudos of being the best players in the classico but still won the ballon'dor even though his team won nothing of significent worth, if pele maradona best cruyff van basten garrincha played in todays non contact football and i reiterate NON CONTACT football, I am sure they would have taken full advantage of the simulation that has sweeped the game, different rules, P.S. does diving annoy you?
Posted 07:22 16th January 2013
Hi guillem, big fan of la liga & great coverage & insight you guys at sky provide so keep up the good work, now while barcelona are currently the best team in the world are they concerned behind the scenes about man city making moves to sign key personnel coaching staff & players given the fact even barca cant compete financially with man city & if pep ends up at city will barca directors be worried about any de-stabilising effects it could have if they were to make any approaches. hope to get a reply from you.
Posted 19:57 15th January 2013
Hi Guillem do you think messi gets to much praise from media,fans,coaches than ronaldo does because he doesnt come across as cockey,selfish,and less of a team player than messi? If not do you think for ronaldo its best to leave la liga and go back home to manchester united to try and win the ballon d'or? Also do you think he will ever join manchester united again? Adios.
Posted 16:04 15th January 2013
I see a lot of questions asking if Messi would be able to play in the Premier League. I would rather know if you ever think Messi will play in the Premier League? I my eyes he will always be questioned over here until he does.
Posted 16:02 15th January 2013
What an idiot, the reason premier leagues top teams concede is because of the physical presence of the attackers, messi would just get hurt in the premier league
Posted 15:51 15th January 2013
there is no doubt that messi is 1 of a kind, but my question to you guillem is: do you still believe that when the likes of iniesta, xavi, pedro, have finally moved on , that messi would still be the same player?? because i study the game with importance and often watch ronaldo too, and i know your not very much a ronaldo fan, but do you agree that to another level ronaldo is better? you do not have to be a great goalscorer to be known as a great player , its what you do overall, i know many would probably disagree but i stand firm on what i believe and that is ronaldo being much better in areas which i dont see messi doing the same in. eagerly waiting for your response to that. many thanks sam
Posted 13:54 15th January 2013
The continual "is Messi good enough for EPL?" is quite a redundant question. We will never know because he wont ever come. And to be honest, we dont need him to. The EPL has more followers than La Liga statistically because there are more than 2 teams in it that could win. Say what you will about the money the Russians and the Arabs have brought their clubs with, it has made it a 4 horse race. We have had more teams in the CL final than Spain in the last 7 years and thats a story in itself. One winner from Spain in that time, 3 from England. I personally cant stand La Liga football but can admire the Barcelona team for the fact their team is made up of youth academy products. There is absolutely no statistics or evidence that could ever disprove the Premier League is a more interesting competition for me. If I were asked to predict the results in la liga against the EPL each weekend I know for a fact I would get more La Liga results correct.
Posted 13:54 15th January 2013
I dont agree with you about "Messi is not just the best player in the world now, he's the best player in the world ever". This is a wrong statement, messi has proved himself only at barca and no where else...Look at pele, maradona, zidane, ronaldo(brazil ) and ronaldo(portugal) they all have performed at different clubs and asslo at national level... Also Muller scored 85 goals and messi 90 odd...so it doesnt mean that messi is better than Muller. And Messi is nothing without xavi and ineista and the worls knows that
Posted 12:28 15th January 2013
Hi Guillem , I am worrying about how Neymar will adapt in Barca if he will comes the summer. Do you think that he is mature enough to integrate the unique style of Barca ? And what' s about the necessary replacement of Puyol. There is any sign for someone ?
Posted 10:24 15th January 2013
Hi Guillem, love reading your article every week! Just wondered if there was any truth in the reports in England continually linking David De Gea with a return to spain with either Real Madrid or Barcelona. Personally, i would hate to see him go as i think he could be one of the best goalkeepers, if not the best goalkeeper in the world within a few years. Do you think Manchester United would let him go?
Posted 09:20 15th January 2013
Messi is gradually becoming d president of BFC, yes wt several comment leading 2 Eto'o ibra, d ronadinho, deco, motta nd now villa. Even little tello. BFC is messi but the spainish press fail 2 outline it. all focus is on madrid nd mou. Mou is an achiever. Pep, finger cross.
Posted 09:03 15th January 2013
It's all very well making sweeping statements about Messi based on what he has achieved for Barcelona, but the fact remains he hasn't been tested in a league with a different philosophy to La Liga. Spanish football is as much about lifestyle, the weather, the glamour and the girls, as it is about what happens on the pitch, and I think adapting to the culture and climate of say Germany or England, would be the real test for Lionel. As for the being the greatest player ever, well George Best was just as good with a heavier ball on atrocious pitches, and don't even get me started on Pele, Cruyff and Maradona...
Posted 08:31 15th January 2013
Why dont u just go and get hired by barcelona coz u are really just a puppet for them... everything u say is anti madrid, pro barca... anti mourinho pro gurdiola/tito... pro messi anti ronaldo. Get it right messi cant score 50 goals in the premier league!!! Ronaldo became the best player without having to move anyone in the team like messi is doing... let him stick to the wing and score 60 goals and then may be u can convince me but he is a good player and among the best of all time!!!
Posted 07:28 15th January 2013