Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that Lionel Messi makes the major difference for any side he plays for.
The Portuguese encountered the Argentine first hand when he was manager of Real Madrid and had an unforgettable debut in the El Classico as Messi inspired Barcelona to a 5-0 win.
“Firstly in football there are individuals. For example, Messi has won the Champions League with three different Coaches,” he argued, according to AS.
“I think it’s easier to win with him than playing against him. I’m a football Coach. Although I know sometimes people think individuals are more important than the team, I still think the group is the most important.
“But the reality is that it’s evident there are some players who can make a difference.”
Mourinho, who is strongly linked with a move to Manchester United after leaving Chelsea in December, again declared his desire be back in the dugout for pre-season.
“I’ve had many offers. I’m evaluating them, calmly,” he revealed.
“I want to work. Pre-season in Europe begins in June and July, and I want to be there.”