“Messi is awesome. His creative ability is extraordinary, outside of normal patterns. He manages to see what others don’t.”

Messi is regularly compared to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who is considered his greatest rival for title of world’s best player.

But Tite said the two were very different, and would have demolished teams if they played together.

“They’re different styles – one is a scoring striker, finisher. The other is playful, creative and magical,” he said.

He added: “The two on the same team would have destroyed rivals.”