Rafael Alcántara: The best player in the world is Messi.

Rafinha also known as Rafael Alcántara is convinced Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi is the world's best player ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or award ahead of Messi and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, but Rafinha reckons the Argentina star is far better than every player in the game.

Read More: Bailly hails Mourinho. "For me, the best player in the world is Messi," he said as Goal reported. Rafinha also hailed Barca boss Luis Enrique, who hasn't confirmed he will be staying at the Camp Nou beyond the 2016-17 season.

He said: "We are very calm because we trust him a lot." Barca are three points behind LaLiga table-toppers Real Madrid, who have a game in hand, heading into the New Year.

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