The ex-Barcelona attacker has heaped praise on his former team-mate, who broke the Liga and Champions League all-time goalscoring records in the space of 72 hours
Thierry Henry says that the footballing world should cherish every remaining second of Lionel Messi’s career because the Frenchman feels that we will never see the likes of the Argentine again.
Messi became La Liga’s all-time leading goalscorer by netting a hat-trick for Barcelona in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Sevilla, thus taking his tally to 253 in just 289 games.
Just three days later, the 27-year-old netted another history-marking treble, this time against APOEL, to claim outright possession of the Champions League record from Real Madrid icon Raul.
Ex-Barcelona attacker Henry watched Messi break both records on television and he could not have been happier for his former team-mate, admitting his delight at seeing the four-time Ballon d’Or winner make his critics once again look foolish.
“Messi is doing things for Barca and the football world in general that we will never see again – let alone someone who does everything that Messi has done in such a short time,” Henry told ARA.
“I loved seeing him so happy after scoring [his record-breaking] goal against Sevilla. I was lucky to have been watching it at home and you could tell how much he wanted it.
“I do not understand how there are people who can doubt Messi. It seems crazy to wonder what’s happening with Messi if he doesn’t score in one game.
“He’s a great player, a good person and an example to always just play the opponent you’re facing.
“We should enjoy him while we can because the day he leaves Barca, the people will realise what he is and how great a player he has been.”
Henry, who is currently plying his trade in MLS with New York Red Bulls, was a part of the Barcelona side that won the Champions League in 2009.