Jorge Sampaoli‘s team were beaten 4-3 at the Kazan Arena in the last-16 on Saturday, in what could have been Messi’s last game in the World Cup, and as an Argentina player.
“We know that we are playing against probably the best player in the world,” the Manchester United star said.
31-year old Messi provided an assist to close friend and team mate Sergio Aguero, who scored a consolation goal for Albiceleste.
“For 10 years now I have been watching him, learning from him. He makes me love football more, always.”
Pogba was all praise for the living legend as his team advanced into the quarter-finals of the competition thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s brace.
“We want to play against the best, and today we won against the best. I will always be united with him, world class players like him, that is all I want to say.”
Argentina superstar Lionel Messi turned 31 on Sunday and the forward was seen training in a happy mood with his national team ahead of their do-or-die fixture against Nigeria.
Ahead of the game though, Leo has been sent loads of birthday greetings wishing him success and happiness for the future from his friends, present and past.
Here is a look at some of the best messages Messi received:
“He’s proved that he’s human,” Walker said of Messi. “Obviously he’s a fantastic player but I’ve played with Luka and he’s just as good, probably one of the best players I’ve played with.”
See what else Walker had to say in the video below.