Gangtok: Dutch stalwart Ruud Gullit, who recently presented Lionel Messi with his third FIFA Ballon d'Or, on Sunday said the Argentine and Barcelona player is the greatest footballer at the moment.

In Sikkim, leading Superstars XI for a charity match against Baichung Bhutia's United Sikkim FC, the former Dutch striker said he would be happy to help Indian football develop if a role was offered to him.

"Messi is the greatest at the moment. He is really a special talent and who does not love him! He will of course belong to all time greatest footballers," Gullit said.

The 1990 World Cupper further said credit should also be given to coach Pep Guardiola, predecessor of Frank Rijkaard, for Barcelona's rise as the top club in the world at the moment.

Asked whether he would like to help Indian football in some capacity, Gullit said he would be happy to do that if he was given an offer.

Hailing Indian legend Bhutia's effort for the charity match, he said, "The Super Soccer which has been organised by the state government and pushed by Indian footballing legend Bhaichung Bhutia is commendable.

"The presence of these celebrities and veteran footballers shall take Sikkim's aspiring footballers to greater heights," Gullit, who led the Netherlands to Euro 88 victory, said.

Even if the 49-year-old did not play the exhibition match because of an injury, he enthralled the crowd from the sidelines.

(Agencies)