Jan Oblak praised Messi after he broke Pele’s record and believes he will continue to break new records and boundaries until the time comes for him to hang up his boots.
On Tuesday night in the game againstReal Valladolid
’s one-club scoring record as he has scored 644 goals in 794 games forBarcelona
He has been regarded by many as the greatest player of the modern era as he has helped Barca to achieve 10 La Liga titles, four Champions League crowns, and six Ballon d’Or awards over the past 16 years.
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper
praised Messi after he broke Pele’s record and opened up on the games in which he faced the Argentine.
"He watches my legs," Oblak said. "If I make one step, he will see it and shoot to the other side. This is why he is the best. This is why he is so difficult. He does not show it but he is always looking. He is always watching you. His eyes are on the ball but he sees you.
"He sees everything, I think. It is strange. Sometimes you think you are controlling them, you are controlling him. But in a second, he changes the game, he scores a goal, and Barcelona win.
"Sometimes you do not see him. Maybe you are thinking it is not dangerous. And then he scores. This happened to us last season. You need to be 100 percent concentrated.
"He is still the best player in the world.
"He has scored many goals against me. Too many! But he is a great player, an amazing player, the best player. There are many times that he scores a goal and you have this feeling that you cannot understand how he has scored so easily.
"You are not even close. Sometimes it feels like he has just passed the ball into the goal, it is not even a shot.”
When Oblak was asked about Atletico's plan for stopping Messi, he responded:
"Normally, goalkeepers, we are shouting all the time to help the defenders but I know it is difficult when Messi is on the other side. The defenders do their best but it is difficult to do anything tactically to stop Messi because you never know what he is going to do.
"All you can do is play hard and when you see him don't leave him. Try to steal the ball but don't give a foul close to the goal because he is great at free-kicks. He is great at everything.
"If you are too close he will go past you. If you are too far he will shoot. It is not easy to decide how you will defend against him because of his unpredictability. It is impossible.”
Oblak believes Messi will continue to break new records and boundaries until the time comes for him to hang up his boots.
"I am sure that he is going to score many more than just 644, even though it is already a lot," he added. "It is a really special achievement. I can only say the best words about him because he is the best.
"He has shown it for so many years and I can only congratulate him, wish him all the best, and hope that he scores many more goals.
"Just not against me."