Nolito said this ahead of Celta Vigo’s home La Liga clash against Barcelona on Saturday evening.
The Spaniard, who played alongside Messi during his time at Camp Nou, believes God so blesses the Argentina captain that he doesn’t need the gym to achieve anything in football.
“God touched Messi with the magic wand three or four times to make him the best in the world without the need to go to the gym or anything, it’s something that he’s got inside,” Sport quoted Nolito as saying.
Messi has been regarded as the best player ever to grace the football pitch.
The 33-year-old has won the prestigious Ballon d’Or six times, more than any other footballer in the world.