Former Barcelona midfielder Yayá Touré came out this week and talked about former team-mate Lionel Messi. The two played together before Touré left to join Manchester City.
“He’s different, he’s special. He’s the perfect team-mate and it’s so much fun playing alongside him,” he said.
”Whenever he’s given the ball, he always has three or four players around him. But it’s still difficult to get the ball off him. Messi is on another level. He’s always above everybody else.
“He was always focused on football. He was the perfect teammate for any player. Yeah, he’s a little different. There aren’t many like him,”
Yaya Toure | Source
Messi is indeed on another level and Touré was there to see him during his peak. Getting the ball off of Touré when he was lumbering down the field was always difficult, so for him to notice Messi’s ability to keep the the ball amidst pressure is impressive.