Mascherano: 'Messi Is Bigger Than Barça'

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano believes Lionel Messi is the one exception to the rule that no player is bigger than his club.

"Messi is indispensable, but the rest of us are dispensable," Mascherano said in an interview with Barcelona's official magazine. "He is a unique player. We're talking about the best player in history, for this club and for the sport."

"Important people have left Barca in recent years, people that will stay in the club's history, but the team still works, it still wins. The club is bigger than any manager, than any player... except Leo. That's the reality, and you have to accept it."

"In my opinion, I can't imagine Leo playing for another team at this point."