Alba: I want to be among the best in the world

The former Valencia star wants to be known as the finest in his position and is confident he can fulfill that goal in the years to come.

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has revealed his desire to become the best left back in the world by the time his playing days come to an end.

The defender, who rejoined Barcelona 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 champion.