Welcome to our Big Interview Icons series where we shine a light on a legend whose name has lit up some of the conversations I’ve had with my guests over the last six years of The Big Interview. This episode focuses on Lionel Messi.
Pablo Zabaleta recalls a quiet, skinny Messi in the Argentina Under-20s dressing room… then he did his talking on the pitch. At first, moving to Europe was a struggle for the lad, but he soon became a joy to behold for everyone who loves the beautiful game.
Gary Neville says that seeing Messi playing in the Camp Nou against Manchester City was the only time he has been genuinely mesmerised by a player. He pitches his every description of a footballer with Messi as the benchmark.
Countryman Federico Fernández speaks of a humble, family guy. Fede loves the experience of being around Messi, on and off the pitch.
Ander Herrera recalls playing for Real Zaragoza against Barcelona when Messi decided to take the game by the scruff of the neck and singlehandedly set up victory.
Lastly there’s a quick contribution from Graeme Souness, who considers Messi the greatest of all time. He would easily have held his own in Souey’s more robust playing era.