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Ivan Rakitic Says Lionel Messi is NOT The World's Best Player

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Ivan Rakitic has risked upsetting many at his club Barcelona by claiming Real Madrid midfielder and Croatian teammate Luka Modric is the best player in the world.

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After inspiring his country to the final of the World Cup and winning a third successive Champions League title with Real, Modric has been voted UEFA’s best player and is in the running for the FIFA award alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.

https://twitter.com/ChampionsLeague/status/1035216367388176386

While Rakitic’s Barça counterpart Lionel Messi has been omitted from the final three, he admits the Argentine has not had the most impressive year, because Modric has.

“Luka is now La Liga’s big gun, he is the best player in the world this year and we Croats are very proud of him,” he said.

“I wish him that last prize that is left for him to win [the Ballon d’Or] because he absolutely deserves it.”

“Those that are jealous of Luka, let them die in their jealousy!

“I am proud of him and as happy as if I was winning those awards!

“We’ve been together in national team for 11 years, went through a lot, I love him as my brother.

“I am happy he decided to stay in national team, I don’t know what my decision would have been if he retired.”

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