Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has voiced his admiration for Lionel Messi and hailed the Barcelona star’s consistency and humble attitude.

The 28-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best players the game has ever seen and the Dutch coach has nothing but praise for the Argentina international.

“Messi proves himself nearly every game,” Van Gaal told United’s official TV channel.

“Despite his immense talent, he remains very modest. I like that in him and I respect Messi a lot.”

United meet Barcelona at the International Champions Cup later this month and Van Gaal is looking forward to meeting some old friends from his time at the Catalans, while admitting Xavi and Andres Iniesta’s success makes him proud.

“It will be nice to see friends from my time there again, but there are a lot of new players,” he added.

“I have to say that Barcelona still play with some players that I coached, so that is nice to see. But a lot of the staff have also remained there.

“Of course, you are always pleased that players who made their debut under you play so many times and for so long for a club. Xavi and Iniesta in particular are fine examples, but Victor Valdes as well.”

Source: Ghana Web

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