Lionel Messi: Real Madrid, position by position, have the world’s best players

Lionel Messi: Real Madrid, position by position, have the world’s best players

Real Madrid have the best players in the world ‘position by position’ according to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Messi believes that Real Madrid have a unique ability to win games when they play badly like no other side in world football.

The Argentinian star has put this down to the quality of the squad Los Blancos can boast adding that they are better than any other side when you compare the team position by position.

Real Madrid reached the final of the Champions League this season for the third consecutive campaign, beating Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route.

They didn’t play well in every game yet had enough quality to make it count when it mattered most. Barcelona, by contrast, had a poor game in Rome that cost them their place in the competition with Messi highlighting the point.

“Position by position, Madrid have the best players in the world,” Messi told TyC Sports. “[Barca] do as well, but Madrid have something that only they have. When they play badly, they still get results. We have to be the far superior side to win.

“The Champions League [loss was a mistake]. Given the [4-1] advantage we had before the second leg, we [should have reached] the semi-final. It was a huge disappointment.

“[But] it motivates me to see Madrid in the Champions League final again; to see them winning leagues. I want to win the Champions League every year. I want to be a league champion every year — it’s what we all want.”

Barcelona won the domestic league and cup double this season, their third in four years but it was in the Champions League where they have repeatedly come up short in recent seasons. Barcelona have lost in the quarter-finals in each of the last three seasons but they have still been formidable in the league.

They would have made it through the current campaign unbeaten in La Liga but fell to a shock 5-4 defeat away to Levante in the penultimate game of the season.

Barcelona finish their season at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday.