Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho believes winning any match is easier with Messi on your team.
Messi has won 26 trophies at Barcelona in his senior career at the club.
And with the La liga side looking to win the UCL back-to-back, Mourinho believes the Argentina international will take Barcelona to the last eight.
“First of all it’s about individual players. Just to give you an example, Messi won the Champions League with three different managers,” he said in an interview with BT Sport.
“I think it’s easier to win with him, than against him. I am a football manager. I know that sometimes people think that the individual is more important than the team.
“But when I feel that it is time for me to take a permanent holiday – I still think that the team is more important than anything.
“But the obvious reality is that there are some players who can make a difference.”
Mourinho has been without a club since he left Chelsea in December and hopes to return to work ahead of next season.
“Yes I was lucky enough to have good options since I left Chelsea in December – not just options but good options,” the Portuguese added.
“But I made a decision to wait calmly. The reality is that I want to work. July, mid-July, new pre-season starts and somewhere, I want to be there.”