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Barcelona star Xavi: Messi above Real Madrid's Ronaldo

Barcelona star Xavi says Lionel Messi is head and shoulders the best player in the world. Xavi was asked to compare Xavi with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

He told Gol TV: "Yes, and I think most people in football think as I do.

"Obviously Cristiano is a great footballer. They are two players who make the most difference on a football field, but Messi is above anyone.

"I hate to compare, but Leo gives us everything: scores goals; creates them; always involved in the flow of the game, leading nearly every attacking move.

"This guy has it all: he even heads the ball well in spite of his height. Pep [Guardiola, Barca coach] once said that he dominates every facet of the game, and he is absolutely right. He is the best, number one."

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