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The former Valencia star wants to be seen as one of the game's finest exponents and is confident he can fulfil that goal in the years to come as he develops at Barcelona

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has revealed his desire to become one of the best players in the world by the time that his playing days come to an end.

The defender, who rejoined the Blaugrana from Valencia in the summer of 2012, has been in fine form in the opening months of the 2013-14 campaign but is determined to keep on improving and do even better in the years to come.

"I hope to be among the best in the world by the time I finish my career," the 24-year-old told reporters.

"I'm flattered that people are talking about how well I am playing but I don't take too much notice of it because when I have a bad game it's the opposite - and people slate me endlessly - but when I have a good game it's as if I'm the best player of all time.

"I hope I can keep growing as a footballer and, in many years' time, be among the best in the world."

Alba netted once in Spain's 2-0 win over Finland on Friday and has now scored five goals in 24 appearances for the European champions.

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