Messi last season failed to provide any titles for Barcelona. But he was never crowned the world's best player for four times in a row, before Cristiano Ronaldo terminate early dominance last year.
In addition, there are many records were never broken by Messi, either at club or international level.
"For me, Messi is a gift from the football gods. He is a phenomenal. Player who not only beat their opponents yet alluring, creating magical moments. He is also honest. He gets a kick, rigged. However never been diving. He never cheated , "Lineker said according to reports BBC Sport.
"He is a brilliant example for any footballer. If everyone is copying him, this game would be better," he concluded.