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Sergio Busquets says Lionel Messi doesn’t guarantee Champions League success

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The midfielder offered his view on the Barcelona captain

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Sergio Busquets reckons that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world but that having him in the team does not necessarily guarantee success in the Champions League.

Barcelona are often scrutinised for not having won Europe’s premier competition more often during Messi’s time with the club, but Busquets disagrees.

“What you have is what you have deserved. We had the best player, but we could not win more Champions Leagues. Having the best, or the best, does not ensure you win the Champions League.

“For me Leo is the best, he is much more complete [than Cristiano Ronaldo], participates more in the game, does things that nobody does. But Cristiano is a great player and we can see what he is capable of at the goalscorers level. Maybe he does not have as much quality or as much at stake, but at the level of ambition, goalscorer, winner, Cristiano is one of the best.”

Source | El Mundo

Barcelona remain in contention in this season’s Champions League and face Manchester United in the quarter-finals. If they beat the Red Devils they will take on Liverpool or FC Porto for a place in the final.