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Real Madrid fan Fernando Alonso: Messi is the world's best

In an interview in Argentina, the Formula One driver and well-known Real supporter has spoken of his admiration for Barça's Leo Messi
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Real Madrid fan Fernando Alonso: Messi is the world's best
David Fernández EFE

Spanish Formula One star Fernando Alonso has admitted he considers Barcelona's Leo Messi as the planet's top footballer, despite his love for arch rivals Real Madrid.

Alonso: "I can't deny Messi is the best"

Speaking in Argentina, the two-time F1 champion told newspaper Clarín: "Even though I'm a Real fan and I like Argentinian players like [ex-Madrid men] Fernando Gago and Gonzalo Higuaín, I can't deny that Messi is the best player in the world."

Messi was instrumental in Barcelona's LaLiga win over Sevilla on Sunday.

F1 ace went to Camp Nou "just to see Messi"

And the 35-year-old McLaren Honda driver, who is preparing for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, added: "Even though I'm a Real Madrid supporter, I once went to the Camp Nou just to see Messi play."