An incredible video of ‘how to stop Lionel Messi‘ has gone viral and it proves nobody has come up with a definitive answer.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar is widely regarded as one of football’s greatest ever and he’s won a slew of trophies.

Many have wondered if there’s a true way to stop him having an impact, with @Magical_Messi‘s video cataloguing everyone who tried.

The video opens with a tongue-in-cheek Jose Mourinho joking about a player he ‘forgot the name of’ before quipping ‘ah yes, Messi’.

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“When Messi has the ball, one on one, you are dead, with a football he is impossible to stop.”

Rio Ferdinand is next up and when asked how to stop the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner international, he replied: “I was in a team that tried it a couple of times and it didn’t come off!

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“Other than GBH (Grievous bodily harm) I don’t know at the moment, but he’ll be in the conversation of the best players to ever play football.

“He’s someone who there’s no individual who can deal with him, it’s a team effort you need two or three players around him.”

One manager who knows Messi’s brilliance perhaps better than anyone is Pep Guardiola.

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The current Manchester City boss managed Barcelona for three years, armed with Messi, and they won two Champions League crowns in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

Guardiola has come up against Messi as manager of Bayern Munich and City in recent years.

His grand plan? It amounts to nothing more than keeping the ball away from him.

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While manager of Bayern he said: “There is neither a coach or defense to stop him, he’s too good.

“He’s the best player of all time. We can put him up there with Pele. I never saw a boy like him and I don’t think we will for a long time.

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“The only way to deal with him is keeping the ball away as much as possible. I don’t have another way.”

Messi helped PSG to Ligue 1 glory in his debut campaign but had one of his worst domestic goalscoring seasons, only registering six in 26 games.

Featured Image Credit: @Magical_Messi/Twitter

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