One of the most famous of recent years for Barcelona fans is the shot of Carles Puyol powering in a header at the Santiago Bernabeu before wheeling away clutching his captain’s armband, which he then kept aloft for all Real Madrid supporters to see.
After comparing Lionel Messi to Michael Jordan, but not without a little dig at Real, the former captain, Puyol, has risked the wrath of someone of a Los Blancos persuasion again.
“If you ask me who Michael Jordan is, I’ll say that he’s the best player in the history of basketball,” he told Goal.com.
I think Messi, the greatest footballer of all time, would have the same status. Whether Michael Jordan is the best in history is often debated, and these are views, and sometimes it is hard to be impartial.
For a Real Madrid fan, it’s hard to recognize that Messi is the best.
“We were lucky to have him, but I say that the figures are there, they have not been invented and they show that he is the best, taking away the feeling of being a clue (Barca supporter).”
While the default setting for Madridistas will always be to bite back with stats that support the arguments of Cristiano Ronaldo to be in that discussion, by including them in his evaluation, Puyol does not seem to be trying to gain any currency.
Such an assertion, frankly, is unlikely to be too broad of the mark.