Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic, has insisted his new teammate, Lionel Messi, is the best player in history.
The Croatian has stated that the diminutive Argentine has no equal on the pitch, not only in the modern game, but throughout the history of football.
"I always see Messi at his very best, there's hardly any need to talk much about him," Rakitic told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.
"He's the best in the world and the best in the history of football."
Rakitic then went on to describe the atmosphere at the Catalan club and praised club legend Xavi Hernandez.
"The team's brilliant, really awesome. We must not relax and enjoy it though," he added.
"We all know what a player Xavi is and he's a presence in the locker room. He is an idol and I'm enjoying training with him, every day is learning curve.”
He also shared his thoughts on Luis Enrique’s decision to start him in midfield ahead of the 34-year-old.
"It's true that we all want to play but the coach has the decision on that. I'll just try to give everything to help on the pitch."
Rakitic was the first amongst several new additions to Barcelona, who are hoping to successfully rebuild their squad after a relatively unsuccessful 2013/14 campaign and he will be looking to make an impact in Barcelona’s second La Liga fixture against Villarreal on Sunday at 19:00.
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