Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez pays tribute to ‘exemplary leader’ Lionel Messi after inspiring Argentina to World Cup glory calling his international team-mate ‘the best footballer in history’
- Lisandro Martinez and Lionel Messi won World Cup with Argentina this month
- Messi was named player of the tournament having scored seven crucial goals
- Martinez was in and out of the side but contributed towards the success
- The Manchester United defender has now praised the PSG’s star’s leadership
The international team-mates helped the nation become world champions for the third time and the first in 36 years after defeating France in a thrilling final in Qatar via a penalty shootout earlier in December.
While the Manchester United defender was in and out of the team throughout the tournament, Messi played a key role as the team’s captain and talisman including scoring seven goals.
Lisandro Martinez (25) praised Lionel Messi’s (right)leadership skills on and off the pitch
Now Martinez has taken to Instagram to praise the leadership shown by the Paris Saint-Germain forward who he also called the greatest footballer of all time.
‘On the pitch and off it an example for everyone. Thank you Leo for being our leader towards this great dream that we achieved. Simply the best footballer in history!!’
Tributes and praise have poured in for Messi who was also named the best player at the World Cup.
It’s led to Barcelona admitting they would still ‘love’ for the forward to return to the Nou Camp, with the 35-year-old having left over a year ago after the Spanish side were unable to offer him a new deal due to financial constraints.
Messi captained Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar after defeating France in the final
The duo are pictured celebrating during the tournament where Messi scored seven goals
‘On the subject of Messi, we can’t generate expectations,’ Laporta told Barca TV. ‘Messi is a PSG player and has a contract with them.
‘He has won the World Cup and the Cules have been very happy. What I don’t want to do is generate expectations that at the moment are very difficult.
‘For us he is the best player of all time, we have had him here and I am convinced that in his heart he is a Culé and will always be linked to Barca.
Argentina stars have been celebrating throughout the week after their World Cup triumph
Martinez is not expected to be back for Manchester United for their Nottingham Forest clash
‘Whether or not he comes back as a player, at the moment he is at PSG and we would very much love him to come back one day, but we’ll see.’
Meanwhile, Martinez’s tribute comes a day after he continues to celebrate the World Cup triumph after posting a picture of himself alongside Tottenham defender Cristian Romero and Nahuel Molina – with the trio looking fatigued following their long celebrations.
It is unlikely Martinez will be unable to feature for United when they host Nottingham Forest in their return to Premier League action on Tuesday.