The Red Devils captain, who was voted into the Fifa/FifPro World XI, has hailed the Argentine after he was named the best player in the world for the third year in a row
The United skipper was in attendance as the Argentine pipped Barca team-mate Xavi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to collect his third Fifa Ballon d'Or award in a row.
Vidic was also honoured at the ceremony in Zurich, earning a place in the Fifa/FifPro World XI after winning the Premier League and helping his side reach the Champions League final last season.
The defender told Goal.com: "I think Messi is the best forward in the world. It is very difficult to play against him.
"But he is not only a forward, he is moving everywhere. He is a very good player. Xavi is a very good player as well, it's nice to watch him playing."