Lionel Messi is the only number one in football as former Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic hailed the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Rakitic won 13 trophies, including four LaLiga titles and the Champions League, alongside superstar captain Messi at Barca before returning to Spanish rivals Sevilla at the start of the season.
Messi – Barca’s all-time leading scorer – is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport and Rakitic lauded the 33-year-old attacker, who has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou.
“One hundred per cent football. It doesn’t matter who you are, you just have to watch and enjoy this guy. He’s on another level,” Rakitic told FIFA.com.
“With all respect to the other greats, there’s only one number one – it’s Leo. To play 311 games next to him, it was a dream.
“I enjoyed it so, so much. I just want to say this: ‘Thank you for everything, Leo, because you’ll never know how much it meant to me to play next to you’.”
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