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Real Madrid are the best team in the world today, admits Lionel Messi



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During an interview with Infobae (h/t SPORT), former Barcelona captain and footballing legend Lionel Messi admitted that Real Madrid are the best team in the world at the moment.

Messi, currently plying his trade in the USA for MLS outfit Inter Miami, admitted that given the success that Real Madrid have achieved in recent years, especially in the UEFA Champions League, they are at the top of the pile.

However, the Barcelona icon did add that he also sees Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as a top team, but when it is based on results, there is no beating Real Madrid.

“The best team, if we have to say, is Madrid, because they are the last Champions League champions, in the last few years they have won… in the last one I think City won, but the previous one was them too,” Messi remarked.

Real Madrid won their 15th European Cup. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Continuing further, he added: “If you talk about results, it’s Madrid, if you talk about the way they play, I personally like Guardiola’s City.”

“I think that every team where Guardiola is there is going to be special because of the way he is, the way he coaches and the way he makes his teams play. For me, City are the best in terms of the way they play, but Madrid are the best in terms of results.”

Messi shared a historic rivalry with Real Madrid during his time at Barcelona, whom he left in 2021. So, for him to come out and acknowledge the Merengues as the best in the world at this moment is a big thing.

Real Madrid, after all, enjoyed a spectacular season, winning the La Liga title and the Spanish Super Cup before lifting their 15th UEFA Champions League trophy earlier this month.

With Kylian Mbappe now joining the team, more success is expected at the Santiago Bernabeu in the years to come.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target



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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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