Shanghai: Legendary Ruud Gullit does not endorse the criticism that Lionel Messi faces for not being able to guide his team to World Cup triumph as Dutch legend feels privileged to be able to watch the Argentine artist at work week after week.
"If you need to find something (fault), you will always find that little thing. I think Messi is an excellent player and we are privileged to see him play every week," Gullit told PTI while interacting with the media at the Laureus Shanghai Campus Football Tour event.
Gullit was accompanied by Spain legend Carles Puyol, who was made the ambassador of Laureus World Sports.
Asked about the ever-raging debate of who is the greatest between Messi and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Gullit said: "I think both of them are great players who happen to play at the same time and same moment.
We should be fortunate to see them play." Gullit, who is now an Laureus ambassador, had also come to India in 2012 for a charity match in the aftermath of the Sikkim earthquake.
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