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Ivan Rakitic makes it clear who he believes is the best player in the world

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He loves his team-mates

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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic made it clear that he believes Lionel Messi is the best player in football this week.

He made it clear that even though Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or, Messi is still the all-around better player.

“With all due respect to other players who have won (things), we know there is a player who is different to the others and that is Leo Messi.”

“Sometimes there are circumstances like Luka Modric having an outstanding season and maybe people want to change things up a bit. But, with all the respect in the world towards Luka and the others, there’s a player who is different to everyone else - and that’s Leo Messi.”

Ivan Rakitic | Source

Rakitic has come to defend Messi before, and this instance is no different. He’ll come to defend his teammate no matter who it brings down.