Lionel Messi: Luis Enrique gives verdict after Barcelona star snubbed

12 Septembre, 2018, 01:57 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Croatia's Ivan Rakitic insists compatriot Luka Modric'deserves all the awards this year

Luka Modric is a "spectacular" player but does not share Lionel Messi's class, according to Barcelona's Sergio Busquets.

The 31-year-old, a five-time Ballon d'Or victor, was left off FIFA's three-man shortlist for The Best award despite scoring 45 goals in all competitions and guiding the Blaugrana to Copa del Rey and LaLiga crown last season.

Speaking ahead of Spain's UEFA Nations League clash with Modric's Croatia, however, former Barca boss Enrique questioned FIFA's list of contenders in the men's category.

Modric helped Real Madrid secure their third consecutive Champions League in May and he became a World Cup runner-up with Croatia this summer, alongside Rakitic.

Luis Enrique questions why Lionel Messi is not in the running to earn the top individual accolade in FIFA's annual awards, having been left off the three-man shortlist. "They both deserve individual prizes".

Although the Barcelona midfielder claims his club team-mate Lionel Messi is the'best player
Although the Barcelona midfielder claims his club team-mate Lionel Messi is the'best player

"For me in general the best player of the world and maybe the greatest of all time is Leo Messi".

Atletico Madrid and Brazil left-back Filipe Luis, who knows all about the Argentine's prowess, has weighed into the debate.

Spain manager Luis Enrique has insisted that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi "is one step above the rest", despite his World Player of the Year snub by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

"When he's not there, it loses credibility".

Busquets' comments mirrored those of Luis Enrique, who is preparing for his home debut as Spain coach following the encouraging weekend win over England.

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