Kieran Trippier has explained to GOAL just how difficult it is to play against Lionel Messi, who he described as his toughest opponent.
For many, Messi lifting the 2022 World Cup with Argentina was the moment where all debates were settled and he officially became the greatest of all time.
Put that question to England international Trippier, a World Cup semi-finalist and European Championship runner up, and he's likely to agree, based on his experience of playing against the Paris Saint-Germain star.
"The best player that I played against is Messi, of course," he explained on the latest episode of Simply The Best: "He's a magician on the pitch, you just can't get the ball off him."
Football is a game full of talent, though, and while the Newcastle and England full-back has nothing but positive things to say about the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner, answering the question of who is the GOAT will never be easy.