Caparros: Messi is priceless

Joaquin Caparros says it would be tough to place a monetary value on Lionel Messi, such is the Argentine’s influence and contribution to football.

Caparros takes his Levante side once more up against the No 10 and Barcelona this midweek in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final.

“The price of Messi? It’s difficult to put a price on him,” the 58-year-old mused ahead of tomorrow evening’s test at the Camp Nou.

 “I think the best players in the world need to be very well paid because they are extremely gifted and that is what makes stadiums full and impacts world football.

“For me to have Messi in my team I would pay absolutely anything.

“I would gladly give both my arms to have a striker who could score 20 goals in the second half of the season,” he added with a smile.

Caparros’ team trail 4-1 from their first leg defeat at the Estadio Cuidad de Valencia and he does not believe that Barca’s recent change of presidency will have any effect on proceedings.

“Everyone will play at the same level regardless of what is going on internally, I don’t know if there is any trouble.

“We just need to go there with the intention of playing a good game and giving a good account of ourselves.”

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