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'The Best is a lie' - Messi snub bemuses Alba as Barcelona talisman hits 'another level'

10:11 GMT+3 04/10/2018
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The Argentine may have been left off the shortlist for a prestigious FIFA award, but his Camp Nou colleague still considers him to set the standard

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is "at a separate table" compared to the rest of the world and FIFA's Best award "is a lie", according to team-mate Jordi Alba.

Messi produced another superb display to lead Barca to a 4-2 win over Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Argentina star failed to make the three-man shortlist for FIFA's Best Men's Player, an award won by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

Alba dismissed that decision – while praising the Croatia international – and said Messi was at another level to everyone else.

"For me, The Best is a lie. Modric is a great player, one of the best in the world," Alba said, via Marca.

"But Messi is like at a separate table, plays at another level. He has once again demonstrated that he is the best in the world.

"When Leo runs, the rest of us only have to grit our teeth. He is the best and he makes us all a little better."

Messi has scored 10 goals in as many games this season, as well as providing five assists.

Barca's victory also ended a three-game winless run and Alba praised their performance against Spurs.

"If we played every day like today, we would win all the competitions every year," the left-back said.