Messi can be the best for many years to come insists Ivan Rakitic.

Ivan Rakitic reckons his team-mate Lionel Messi can still continue to be the world's best player for many more years to come.

Lionel Messi who has won the Ballon d'Or four times at the Camp Nou is competing with Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer for his fifth this January, and Rakitic backs the Argentine to continue as the world's best footballer for years to come.

'Messi is amazing, the best in the world and he can be the best for many years to come,' Rakitic told Vecernji list.

'I still learn from Barca players and Xavi is the best example. He has won so many trophies and still is hungry. He guides us in a way which makes us all respect him - no wonder the team trusts him.

'I enjoy playing football. Every day I wake up with a smile on my face saying: "Great, I am going to train and give my best." Those guys are all global stars but still ordinary people.'

The Barcelona midfield maestro also praised his boss Luis Enrique saying he is similar to his former Sevilla coach [Unai Emery] and they are both good at getting the team ready.

'Luis Enrique is similar to Unai Emery in the way he prepares the game and training,' he continued.

'He is also very clear in what he asks us to do, he explains every detail so you fully understand all his requests.

'Sevilla will always be my city and someday I would like to return to southern Spain. I am very proud Sevilla appointed me as captain, my wife and her entire family have always been Sevilla fans and when I became captain I was very happy, it was the biggest honour I've ever had.'

Written by @Chukkymufc

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