Beckham shared the opinion of most football lovers, who believe the Argentine legend raises the bar of individual excellence.
Long term rival, Ronaldo, is the only player to have got close to Messi, with the pair having split 11 Ballons d’Or between them.
The Portuguese, who succeeded Beckham at Old Trafford, and currently plays for Juventus, boasts of many qualities in his game that, Barcelona’s super star lacks, with the 35-year-old all about physicality and relentless ambition.
Messi, though, has captivated audiences with his dribbling and audacious finishing for the best part of 16 years, with a remarkable return of 627 goals recorded for the Blaugrana so far.
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But the former England captain Beckham, who passed on the number 7 shirt at United to Ronaldo, said.
“He [Messi] is alone in his class as a player, it is impossible that there is another like him,” he told Telam.
“He, like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is not at his level, are both above the rest.”