Messi is the best footballer of all time and any comparisons
between the Argentine forward and Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez
are "crazy", said the German international.
Gomez has scored 11 times in the Champions League this
season, once fewer than Messi, plus 23 Bundesliga goals for
The media in Germany have repeatedly compared the two
players but Gomez shrugged off the suggestion ahead of Tuesday's
Champions League quarter-final second leg against Olympique
"I am not crazy enough to compare myself with Messi because
he is the best there ever was and the best there will ever be,"
he told reporters on Monday.
Last month triple World Player of the Year Messi broke
Barcelona's scoring record with his 234th goal for the club and
his tally of 56 goals this season in all competitions is already
a Spanish record with more than a month and a half still to go.
His next goal will be his 50th in the Champions League, a
tally only reached by Spain's Raul, Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy
and Thierry Henry of France.
It would also give Messi 13 in a season, a Champions League
"I guess there are worse things than being compared to Messi
but I don't look at what he is doing. I just try to give my best
for my team," said Gomez.
"The team make it easy for me. We play offensive football
and I have great team mates.
"I am a forward and want to score many goals but for me that
is not important. What is important is to be successful with the
team," added Gomez.
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