Lionel Messi best friend must be his wife of three kids Antonella Roccuzzo. Today we want to go out and take a closer look at his close confidants on and off the pitch. He is loved by many across the globe but the five below know the Argentine better than all of us. They include former and current teammates a good indication that he is truly a team player;

5. Sergio Aguero- Manchester City

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi not only play for the Argentine national team but they are also very close friends according to close sources. They were on the same team that won an Olympic Gold Medal in 2008.

When City defeated Barcelona at Etihad a few years ago, Lionel Messi was reportedly involved in a heated argument with a player not identified from the home side. He was said to be very furious and it is his friend Aguero who stepped in to cool things down.

Aguero said: “Whenever you lose you’re not very happy. I saw him there, he was feeling bad. I know him well enough to know when he’s bad when he’s good. But when you lose, nobody’s good!

“I thought Messi said something to me but he didn’t, and then we talked about other stuff. It was nothing serious. I heard something but I don’t know what happened.

“When someone loses you have to respect them. Leo wasn’t in the mood to talk and I respect that.”

4. Luis Suarez- Barcelona

Luis Suarez is a natural forward. He works very hard to get the double figures of goals every season. When he moved to Barcelona in 2014, he found other players hungry for success like him and the bond formed naturally. Messi, Suarez, and Neymar were inseparable on and off the pitch. When the Brazilian joined PSG, the Argentine and Uruguayan bond became even stronger. They are very close today.

3. Neymar- PSG

The close football ties and South America links must be the biggest bond that makes the friendship between Messi and Neymar so special. They used to train together every day as strikers during their days in Barcelona. The young Brazilian is obviously looking up to the Argentine for Inspiration as he looks to establish himself in the top. In fact, there are reports that he joined PSG to become his own man. He wanted to step out Lionel Messi shadow. Only time will tell if he will achieve that.

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