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Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic: We have to do special things for Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
Barcelona have been in sumptuous form so far this season, with Messi scoring nine goals in his first five league games.
The Catalan side are top of La Liga, seven points ahead of rivals Real Madrid.
And with Messi almost single-handedly steering Barcelona to the top, Rakitic admits players know he is the star man in their team.

"You have to do a lot of things for him," Rakitic told the BBC. "He is the best player in the world. Maybe also in the history.
"You have to know he is different.
"It is easy to watch at home and say 'Yeah I can play' but when you are here, it's a little bit different."
Messi wields an incredible amount of power on and off the pitch at the Camp Nou.
But Rakitic played down talk that he is bigger than the team as a collective.
"You have to understand each player has their position in the team," he added "Nobody has said to Leo, 'You can just do what you want'.
"He gets here step by step to arrive at this level and now he is there.
"We know we have to do special things for him.
"And if he can receive the ball with four players in front of him instead of ten, it's easier for him."
Barcelona travel to Girona on Saturday evening, with Messi keen to add to his nine La Liga goals so far this season.
Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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