NBA star Gasol sings Messi’s praises

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Malaga CF vs FC Barcelona at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga on January 23, 2016.  AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERRERO / AFP / Jorge Guerrero

Former Barcelona Basketball team player and current center of the Chicago Bulls Pau Gasol says Lionel Messi is a delight to watch and that the greatness of the Barcelona team makes the Argentine even greater.

The former Catalans basketball player is a native of Sant Boi de Llobregat – a small town just outside of Barcelona now one of the stars of the Chicago Bulls,

Gasol who will be playing in his sixth NBA All-Star Game this weekend in Toronto sat down with Barcelona TV and to talk about his ex-Club and hometown team.

“It is a pleasure to see [Leo Messi] play. The greatness of the team makes Messi even greater.

“Football, as a global phenomenon, is growing a lot in the United States, and players like him make the fans want to go see him play. He’s the best in the world, a true superstar, one of a kind.

“He’s marked an era and will be a historical reference. He trained at La Masia and hopefully he’ll finish his career at Barcelona.” Gasol stated.

The 16-year NBA veteran, whose career began at FC Barcelona in 2001 and whose younger brother Marc is also an NBA star says he follows the Club every day.