Bayern Munich icon Franz Beckenbauer has described Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as a ‘god-like’ player.
Beckenbauer, now Honorary President at the Bundesliga giants, also believes the Catalan’s hopes of reaching the Champions League final this year lie largely in the Argentine’s hands when they take on Bayern in the semi-finals.
“He is a divine player, god-like, and Barcelona’s hopes are reliant on him,” remarked Beckenbauer in an interview with Germany’s Sky90, whilst he also feels that Bayern boss Pep Guardiola’s knowledge of his former club could be instrumental when they clash.
“Guardiola knows the ins and outs of Barcelona. He knows even the smallest of details and that could prove enough to put Bayern on their way,” he maintained.
Barca or Bayern will face either Real Madrid or Juventus in the final in Berlin on June 6.