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“Real Madrid have the best players” – Barcelona ace heaps praise on arch-rivals

The Catalan star was effusive in his praise of Los Blancos, as he pointed out their attribute of winning games even while playing poorly

Barcelona ace Lionel Messi has seldom sung the praises of arch-rivals Real Madrid. But the Argentine recently went on record to acknowledge some of their qualities and also admit having “best players” in the roster. Real Madrid are in their third consecutive final of the Champions League, and a fourth in the last five years.

Barcelona, barring the treble-winning year of 2015, have been eliminated in the quarter-finals on each of the other four occasions. The latest setback, however, stung them the most as AS Roma turned a 4-1 deficit with an incredible comeback to knock the Catalans out.

That was a game where the now-Spanish champions were at their lowest ebb and were subsequently punished. But the Merengues survived a couple of challenges en route to the finals. This attribute has apparently impressed Messi. “Position by position, Madrid have the best players in the world,” Messi said to TyC Sports.

“[Barca] do as well, but Madrid have something that only they have. When they play badly, they still get results. We have to be the far superior side to win. The Champions League [loss was a mistake]. Given the [4-1] advantage we had before the second leg, we [should have reached] the semifinal. It was a huge disappointment.”

Los Blancos have become a dominant force in Europe in the recent times and watching them revel in the highest European honor from the club front ear after year, has envied the 30-year old, who dreams of pulling off the same with his team.

“It motivates me to see Madrid in the Champions League final again; to see them winning leagues. I want to win the Champions League every year. I want to be a league champion every year. It’s what we all want.”

Real Madrid play Liverpool in the Champions League finals on May 26th, aiming to become the first team of the competition to win it thrice in a row.

Author’s Take

That was quite some frank words from Messi there. Putting rivalry to one side, he acknowledges Real’s success which is another piece of sportsman spirit we must all appreciate.

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