Sergio Busquets has classified Luka Modric as a spectacular player, but believes he is not in the same category as Lionel Messi.
Debate has ensued following the Argentine’s omission from the FIFA Award, with the Real Madrid midfielder a favourite for the gong.
Modric already claimed UEFA’s best player and his UCL and Golden Ball win at the World Cup makes him a favourite for the the FIFA piece.
Busquets will get another reminder of the 33-year-old’s talents when Spain host Croatia in the Nations League on Friday, but his opinion as to the game’s finest player is already settled.
“The best in the world now and for many years is Messi, who is the greatest and will continue to be until he retires,” Busquets told a news conference.
“Modric is spectacular, but Messi has no comparison with Luka or anyone.”