Messi isn’t particular active in the first few minutes of a game, but there’s a brilliant reason behind that clever tactic.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner prowls around the pitch to figure out his opposition, eyeing weaknesses to exploit later in the game.
And this process has been expertly explained by his former boss Guardiola, who talked through a clip of Messi in the first few minutes of a match for Barcelona against Real Madrid.
“He’s not out of the game,” the Manchester City boss said. “He’s involved. Moving his head. Right, left, left, right.
“He smells who is the weak point of the back four. After five, ten minutes, he has the map.
“He knows if I move here, here, I will have more space to attack.”
The former Barca boss added: “Oh, that’s genius! That is quite incredible. We are contemporary of that guy. So, enjoy it.
“Lionel Messi, just simply one of a kind. He is so good.
Ex-Barca manager Ernesto Valverde also spoke about Messi’s way of playing in the first few minutes.
“As the game advances, he gets in little by little,” he said. “But he knows perfectly where the rivals’ weaknesses are.”
If you haven’t noticed Messi’s intricacy before then make sure to keep an eye on him when he’s next back in action for Paris Saint-Germain.