Lionel Messi is the symbol of football, said French striker Antoine Griezmann, recently joined by Barcelona, where he will share the team with the Argentine star.
Barcelona last week hired the striker in a five-year agreement for 120 million euros (135 million dollars) after paying its termination clause to Atletico Madrid.
“Messi is number one in football, as is LeBron (James) in basketball. LeBron is the image of basketball and the NBA just like Messi is the image of football,” Griezmann said in an interview with Barca TV.
“He has something different from the other players, something that happens once every 30 years,” he said.