Ivan Rakitic said Lionel Messi is distinctive to other players as he commended the Barcelona hotshot following his hypnotizing show against Tottenham in the Champions League.
Messi was taking care of business, the five-time Ballon d’Or champ scoring twice to lead Barca to a 4-2 triumph over Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday.
In the wake of being associated with Barca’s opener inside only 92 seconds, Messi proceeded to take his Champions League count to 64 goald in 65 appearances in the group stage.
Messi was scorned for FIFA’s The Best honor – the 31-year-old not on the last three-man waitlist as Real Madrid’s Luka Modric guaranteed the respect.
Notwithstanding being universal partners with Croatia skipper Modric, Rakitic clarified who he rates as the best footballer.
“With all regard to different players, who have won it [Ballon d’Or], we know there is a player who is different to the others, and that is Leo Messi,” Rakitic said post-match.
“Some of the time there are conditions like Luka Modric completing an exceptional season and perhaps individuals need to change a bit.
“However, with all regard, Luka and the others know there is a player who is different to the others, and that is Leo Messi.”
Messi has made a solid begin to the season with 10 gaols in all rivalries, incorporating five in LaLiga and the same number of in the Champions League.