Rakitic hails Messi as G.O.A.T.
MOSCOW, Russia (AP):
Ivan Rakitic has taken a side in the Messi vs Ronaldo debate. The Croatia midfielder says: "For me, Lionel Messi is the best player of all time. And I hope he will continue playing for as long as he wants."
Rakitic's spoke yesterday on the eve of his Croatia team's World Cup meeting with Messi's Argentina.
Rakitic and Messi are teammates at Barcelona, but will be on opposing sides in Nizhny Novgorod as Croatia aims to qualify for the knockout stage and Argentina hopes to rebound from a disappointing 1-1 draw with Iceland.
While Rakitic and Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic both noted Argentina has more than just Messi, they both rated him as the greatest.
Dalic says "Messi is the best in the world. No single player can stop him. Our formation, our deployment, our game can stop him. This is the only way."