"He is the best I have ever seen and probably the best I will ever see. I don't think this team would have made the qualitative leap that we have made in the past few years without him. Messi is unique, he is a one-off. I just hope that he does not get fed up and he can continue to play as he has done."
-- Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola on Lionel Messi after he tied Ruud van Nistelrooy's record of 12 goals in a single Champions League campaign and took his tally to an astonishing 56 goals in 62 matches this season with the winning goal in Barca's 3-1 win over Manchester United in the final of the UEFA Champions League. (AFP)