The Barça manager praised Leo Messi on the day the Argentine broke César’s record. Guardiola is clear that it will be difficult for another player to break Messi’s record

The manager also played down the fact that the end result was 5-3, he also said that “we paid tribute to the Barça of the Five Cups,” César’s team.

Sports management colleges know they will be hard pressed to find anyone as good as him in the future.

“We are witnessing the best [player] in every sense. He does everything, and he does it every three days. I’m sorry for those that want to sit on his throne, but this lad is the best. Hopefully we can enjoy his football for many more years.” Josep Guardiola is a happy man and he has the humble honour of training the world’s best player, Leo Messi, who scored a hat-trick against Granada to become the Club’s all-time high top goalscorer in official matches. His 234 goals have delighted the world of football, and Guardiola is in lockstep with awed football fans and pundits alike. “Leo has rightfully entered into history,” he said. He also has no qualms about comparing the Argentine to Michael Jordan: “there are few players that dominate in this fashion, and he does it.” The manager said that at Messi’s goalscoring rate, it will be difficult for any other player to break the Argentine’s record.

Tribute to the ‘Barça of the Five Cups’

“On the day that Leo Messi broke César’s record we played a game like one would have been played in that era, a 5 to 3 as a tribute to the Barça of the Five Cups.” That’s how Guardiola analysed tonight’s match against Granada. The manager also played down the fact that the Andalusian side drew level on 61 minutes. “[The game] had all the ingredients of a football match. I want to congratulate the team for overcoming all of today’s adversities.”

Goalscoring midfielders 

Xavi scored once again, which takes his tally past his personal best record for goals scored in a season (14). Guardiola recognised that “this year the midfielders are scoring quite a few goals; we’re trying to get them to have more presence in the area.” The manager also took the chance to congratulate Isaac Cunenca and Cristian Tello, seeing that “both of the wingers won us the match.”

Against Mallorca, Guardiola will not be able to count on Alves, who was sent off, and Adriano, injured. “It’s a shame, but we’ll find two more players. We’ll bring up players from the reserve side, I suppose it’ll be Montoya. We’ll go to Mallorca to compete like we did today.”