FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has laughed off recent comments comparing him to former teammate Lionel Messi.
The Spanish midfielder, who now plays for Al-Sadd in Qatar, has insisted the comparison is rubbish as Messi plays like nobody else but himself, and that he is the best player in the history of the game.
"(People say) Messi is playing like Xavi? What a load of balls, Messi plays like Messi, he does whatever he wants, he does everything well and is the best in history," he La Vanguardia.
"He doesn't have to win a World Cup to prove it, (Alfredo) Di Stefano and (Johan) Cruyff didn't win it either."
The 36-year-old also spoke about his former club's current form, and is delighted at how well they have been playing.
"The way the team plays makes me drool, they're at a stratospheric level," he added.
Xavi made more than 700 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 84 goals along the way.
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