Former England striker Gary Lineker is not one to hide his opinions and the Match of the Day presenter, whose penchant for social media has landed him in trouble previously, did not hesitate to describe Leo Messi as the greatest player of all time when he and the Barcelona forward coincided on Monday ahead of Barcelona's Champions League clash against Chelsea on Tuesday.
Lineker, a former holder of the Barcelona number 10 shirt himself, posted an image on Instagram with Messi and a message saying it was nice to finally meet the "player who I consider the greatest of all time."
Diego Maradona may of course have something to say about that but Lineker may equally have had the "Hand of God" in the back of his mind - the goal the Argentina great scored in the 1986 shortly before adding "the goal of the century" to eliminate England at the quarter-final stage in Mexico.
Absolute delight to finally get to meet the man I believe to be the greatest footballer of all… https://t.co/S0odkVTUPS— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 19 February 2018
Lineker and the Benzema "overrated" debate
The former Leicester, Tottenham and Grampus striker caused a little bit of controversy on social media recently when he described Karim Benzema as "overrated." That opinion drew a ferocious defence of the Real Madrid striker from Zinedine Zidane, another player with a decent claim to the title of greatest of all time.
It is unlikely Barcelona fans will complain about Lineker's latest opinion on the subject but fans of that particular debate will enjoy the pundit adding a little fuel to the fire.