UEFA president Michel Platini has described Lionel Messi as a "diamond".
Platini admits he's a big fan of Barcelona.
He told L'Equipe: â€śMessi is the diamond of a wonderful team. Other big players at Barcelona, such as Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carles] Puyol, [Dani] Alvesâ€¦ they need him.â€ť
Platini refused to assess whether the 23-year-old could already be regarded as the greatest player of all time, adding: â€śIt is too early to rule. If you ask me in two of three years, we will see.
â€śEach generation has its best, and every generation thinks it has the best player in history.â€ť