TOP STORIES - Thiery Henry recounts time with Messi at Barcelona
Thierry Henry, who dominated the Premier League from 1999 to 2007, winning both the World Cup and the European Championships with France, was as astonished as the rest of us by Messi's brilliance.
In 2007, the striker joined Barcelona as one of the finest players in the world, at a time when a long-haired South American was beginning to move into 'world class' area.
In the first appearances of the great Pep Guardiola team at the Camp Nou, they would win two La Liga championships, a Copa del Rey, and a Champions League.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Henry explained how his teammate would respond if his teammates did not give him what he considered to be fouls.
"In training, he wants to beat everybody," Henry said.
"A typical [story] one [would be], he gets fouled in training and they don't call a foul. You know how to goes.
"Next thing you know, he will go and ask the 'keeper to give him the ball.
"Then, he's run past everyone and score.
"Then you will get the ball to try to play again. He will take it from you - wherever you are - and score again until he gets a bit more relaxed.
"You end up losing the game. I've never seen that before."