Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has praised Lionel Messi, claiming the Barcelona phenomenon just might be the best footballer to ever play the game.
Gomez has 11 goals while Messi has 12 in the current Champions League campaign and the duo are closing in on Jose Altafini's single-season record of 14 strikes in Europe's most elite club competition.
And even though Gomez might pip his counterpart to the record, the Germany international feels that he will forever be in the Argentine's shadow.
"Of course I am a striker and will score many goals, but the team's success is of course an absolute priority," Gomez said.
"I'm not crazy and will not compare myself with Messi. He is perhaps the best ever. But he inspires me to score more goals."
Bayern has a congested schedule from now until the end of the season, but to Gomez, the frequency of games is a boost, not a hindrance to success.
"We have it better if we play a game every three days - we establish a rhythm," he explained.
Bayern's next match is against Marseille in the Champions League quarterfinals. Heading into the second leg, the German giants have a 2-0 aggregate advantage.