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Carles Puyol: “Gerard Piqué is better than me or Sergio Ramos. He’s the best in the world.”

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The retired defender was full of praise for his ex-teammate

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Carles Puyol has declared his former defensive partner Gerard Piqué as the best centerback in the world in a recent interview with Diario MARCA. Puyol played alongside Piqué in multiple triumphs, notably in La Liga and UEFA Champions League-winning campaigns for FC Barcelona and the 2010 FIFA World Cup for Spain.

“Gerard is better than me or Sergio Ramos. He’s the best in the world,” he said.

“He is key for Barcelona in everything he adds, his leadership, how he competes... he is a phenom and a great friend.”

The former Barcelona captain also weighed on some current players.

On Lionel Messi: “When you have the best in history, it’s logical that you depend on him. But around him, there are great players that together are making history and can keep going for a while.”

On Ousmane Dembélé: “He is a great, great player. But sometimes you can have a setback. You have to let him work, and let him know that all of us, when we are young, have made mistakes. He is in the best place. He should capitalize on the chance. With his qualities, he can make history.

And finally, on Arthur: “He is showing an enormous personality and similar qualities, but comparing him with Xavi is a lot. We are talking about one of the best midfielders in history. You have to go step by step, let him work and congratulate him for how he is playing. He should focus on Xavi, watch his videos and learn from him.”