Zlatan Ibrahimovic has praised Lionel Messi ahead of facing him this week and even conceded that the 25-year-old is better than him.
Ibra, who spent a single season playing alongside Messi at Barcelona in 2009-10, will cross paths once more this week when Sweden take on Argentina on Wednesday evening.
Looking ahead to that match, the tall striker conceded that in talking about Messi, he is an incomparable force on the field.
“I think Leo is a fantastic player. Individually, surely he is the best in the world,” Ibrahimovic told reporters today.
“It is needless for me to say. Many people agree and so he has won many awards in recent seasons.
“Between him and I who is the better player? After what Leo has done in recent years, there is no debate.
“It will be fun and exciting to play against Leo this week.”