FC Barcelona legend Xavi has hailed his former teammate Lionel Messi as the world’s best footballer and is adamant that no player in the world can match the achievements and ability of the star striker. He added that not even Cristiano Ronaldo is as good as Messi.
‘For me, there is no heir to Messi,’ the former Spain international told Sport. ‘There will never be one. There will be very good footballers, but nobody at Messi’s level.
‘To be at the top for so many years, winning so many individual and team trophies, will be impossible to surmount.
‘In the future, everything will be more equal amongst the best players. Though now they try to sell the story of the battle between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, those of us who know football, know there is no comparison.
‘When Messi ends his career, there will be Neymar, Eden Hazard and five or 10 players at a similar level, but none with the unquestionable superiority of Messi.’
Messi is considered by many to be the greatest footballer the world has seen. He has won four Champions League trophies, three Club World Cups and eight La Liga titles and not to forget five Ballon d’Ors which is quite an achievement.
Although there is no doubt about Messi’s greatness as a footballer but he has failed to add an international trophy to his cabinet which is the only thing that has eluded him up-till now. Meanwhile his arch rival Ronaldo just won the UEFA Euro 2016 with Portugal where he was instrumental in their success.