Xavi: 'Lionel Messi is best ever'

Barcelona midfielder Xavi calls teammate Lionel Messi 'the best player of all time' and also praises fellow Spaniard Andres Iniesta.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has claimed that Lionel Messi "is the best player that has ever lived".

Pele and Diego Maradona are seen by many as the two greatest footballers in history, but Xavi believes that the Argentine is right up there with the best of all time.

"For me, he is the best player that has ever lived. For me, nobody can even be compared to him. He is the best in the world, without a shadow of a doubt," Xavi told Canal+.

Xavi also claimed that teammate Andres Iniesta is the "most talented Spanish player" in history.

"Iniesta? I think he's the most talented Spanish player in our history. He epitomises everything good that Barca have done in recent times, his play is reflected in it constantly," he added.

Xavi, 34, has been with Barcelona since 1991.

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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi vies with Villarreal's midfielder Manuel Trigueros Munoz during the Spanish league football match Villarreal vs Barcelona at the Camp El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on August 31, 2014
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