“For me The Best is a big lie. Modric is a great player, just one of the best but Messi is on an entirely different level, he just is. He proved he is the world’s greatest. When he runs we can only do the same. He’s the best and he makes us better,” said Alba, clearly supporting his teammate.
While Messi’s quality as a player cannot be denied, his 2017-18 season did not grant him a nomination to win the award. Ronaldo, Salah and Modric were the final nominees and many football fans and analysts thought that Griezmann and Messi deserved to be in that list as well.
Either way, it makes sense that Alba is supporting his teammate here. However, the words he used are perhaps too bold as he is not giving Modric enough credit after what the midfielder achieved last season.