By Azania Post Reporter
Lionel Messi has been labeled the best footballer in history by team-mate Ivan Rakitic.
Messi, 30, is arguably the greatest player of all time, after winning five Ballon d’Or. He has also has won eight La Liga and four Champions League titles.
Rakitic praised his team-mate, saying the Argentinian international could turn a game in a moment.
"He's the reference. Our game depends a lot on him. He doesn't need to talk to understand, a gesture is enough," the Croatian told Antena 3.
"He is the best in history, capable of turning the game around in a second. He is shy because he knows that everyone is watching him."
Rakitic arrived at Barca from Sevilla in 2014 and has helped the Spanish giants win two LaLiga crowns and a Champions League.
The 88-time Croatia international said Messi played a key role in supporting him in settling in at Camp Nou.
"He was one of the first to support me when I arrived and I was wondering if I needed something," Rakitic said.
"He is a different person from the others."