Lionel Messi gets Gündogan nod as the greatest of all time

With considerations of Cristiano Ronaldo on the scene, Man City's Ilkay Gündogan explains why the Barcelona talisman is the star player of the current generation.

Messi the star of this generation and greatest ever – Gundogan

Lionel Messi is the star player of the current generation and the greatest footballer ever, according to Manchester City and Germany midfielder Ilkay Gündogan.

Messi is the GOAT for Ilkay

The Barcelona great is a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, like Cristiano Ronaldo, and is widely regarded as one of the best players ever.

While the debate around Messi and Ronaldo is ongoing, Gündogan has no doubt the Argentina forward is the greatest.

"Lionel Messi [is the best player in the world]," he said.

"In my opinion, he has very special abilities. He has talent and he always manages to show it on the pitch. He always has the instinct to make the right decision.

"He uses his speed well against the opponents he plays. He has a strong finish. All in all, no one else has as much quality as Lionel Messi.

"He is the star player of my generation and the greatest footballer of all time. I hope we get to watch him play for a few more years."

Messi has continued to star for Barcelona this season, scoring nine goals in 11 games in all competitions. Last week he equalled Cristiano's hat-trick record.