What is it like to play with Lionel Messi? Former Barcelona team-mate explains why it's 'impossible' to pick just one moment

 Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca at Camp Nou on December 07, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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For many, Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer to have ever lived - the seven Ballon d'Or honours he has picked up during his career epitomising why the Argentine is so highly revered.

Ivan Rakitic had the fortune and pleasure to play with Messi for six seasons at Barcelona between 2014 and 2020, winning the Champions League, Club World Cup, four La Liga titles and four Copa del Rey trophies together. 

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Chris Flanagan
Senior Staff Writer

Chris joined FourFourTwo in 2015 and has reported from more than 20 countries, in places as varied as Ivory Coast and the Arctic Circle. He's interviewed Pele, Zlatan and Santa Claus (it's a long story), as well as covering the World Cup, AFCON and the Clasico. He previously spent 10 years as a newspaper journalist, and completed the 92 in 2017.