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Xavi: 'Messi is the best ever but Ronaldinho is up there'

Xavi has no doubt Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the greatest player of all-time.

Messi is the greatest player ever, Ronaldinho among best – Xavi

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the best player of all-time while Ronaldinho belongs among the greats, according to Xavi.

Messi is a record six-time Ballon d'Or winner and is considered among the modern-day greats, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

His former team-mate, Xavi, has no doubt the Argentina international is the greatest player ever.

"Ronaldinho is at the level of the best. Ronaldinho is at the level of the best, perhaps what he lacked was consistency," the Al-Sadd coach told Globo Esporte.

"Perhaps he lacked consistency in being at his peak. For me, only Messi is above Ronaldinho because of the consistency in the last few years."

Xavi added: "Messi is the best in history, but Ronaldinho is with the best. The rest follow.

"He [Ronaldinho] is with the best – with Ronaldo 'Fenomeno', with Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, that group."

Messi had scored 24 goals in 31 games this season before the campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.