‘Lionel Messi is the best in history’: Xavi praises former Barcelona teammate as the best of all time and also places Ronaldinho ‘among the best’ next to Cristiano Ronaldo
- Xavi has labeled Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as the best player in football history
- The Barcelona legend also praised Ronaldinho, but said he had no consistency
- The former Spanish midfielder played with both players during his time with Barca
- Xavi placed Ronaldinho with Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazilian striker Ronaldo
Barcelona legend Xavi has labeled former teammate Lionel Messi the ‘best in history’ while praising Ronaldinho with whom the Spaniard also played at the Nou Camp.
Xavi, who currently coaches Qatari side Al-Sadd, played with both during his career with Barcelona, essentially replacing Messi Ronaldinho as a star player upon Pep Guardiola’s arrival as manager in the summer of 2008.
However, the 40-year-old praised the mercurial Brazilian and placed him alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and World Cup-winning striker Ronaldo in the all-time ranks.
Lionel Messi of Barcelona has been labeled the ‘best in history’ by former teammate Xavi
The current Al-Sadd head coach also praised Ronaldinho’s abilities during his career
“Ronaldinho is at the best level, maybe he lacked consistency,” Xavi told the Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte.
“Perhaps he lacked consistency to be at his peak. For me, only Messi is above Ronaldinho because of the consistency of the past few years.
“Messi is the best in history, but Ronaldinho is the best. The rest follows.
‘He [Ronaldinho] is among the best – with Ronaldo, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, that group. ‘
Ronaldinho won two FIFA World Player of the Year crowns while playing at the Nou Camp
In Barca, Ronaldinho won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005, as well as the Champions League and two Spanish titles.
Messi’s awards, however, far outweigh those of the Brazilian – he has won six Ballon d’Ors / FIFA World Player of the Year awards and has won four Champions Leagues and ten La Liga titles.
The current captain of Barca this season scored 24 goals in 31 games in all competitions before La Liga and the Champions League were suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.