- Lionel Messi is one of the best footballers in the world
- The Argentine has won several titles both collectively and individually
- Below is the list of the ultimate XI players the 32-year-old has played alongside during his career
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has channelled his free time during this coronavirus pandemic season into naming his ultimate XI, according to the Mirror.
The squad consists of mostly players he has shared the dressing room with at the Camp Nou, with Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandes highlighting the list.
Since he was promoted to the first team about 15 years ago, the Argentine icon has won 34 titles including four Champions League and 10 La Liga titles.
And he could not have achieved all that without the help of some exceptional players he has played with, from the goal posts to attack.
Neymar spent just four years at the Camp Nou but those periods were electrifying, with Messi teaming up with the Brazilian alongside Luis Suarez to demystify defenders' confidence.
However, here's Messi's ultimate teammates' XI, according to SunSport, with some notable players missing in action.
Goalkeeper: Victor Valdes
The Spaniard made 353 appearances alongside the 32-year-old before departing from the club in 2014 after 12 years.
They both conquered Europe, winning silverware across competitions during their stay together at the Catalan club.
Right-back: Dani Alves
The Brazilian legend featured in 349 matches in all competitions with the forward and their collaborations most times won their crucial matches.
Alves spent eight years with the Blaugrana and most of them earned 23 major titles including three Champions Leagues and three FIFA Club World Cups.
Center-back: Gerard Pique
Pique made over 470 appearances with Messi and they have equally won silverware together.
Centre-back: Javier Mascherano
He played with Messi at both club and national team level - making a total of 413 appearances in the process.
Left-back: Jordi Alba
The Spaniard joined Barcelona in 2012 and he became one of Messi's special players as having provided more assists for the Argentine in the 289 games they have played together.
Defensive midfield: Sergio Busquets
Appearances alongside Messi: 512
Midfield: Xavi Hernandez
Appearances alongside Messi: 399
Midfield: Andres Iniesta
Iniesta appeared in 489 games with the 32-year-old before leaving the club for a Japanese topflight side.
The pair operated on the same wavelength for a long period of time. Iniesta also had a hand in a number of Messi's goals.
Appearances alongside Messi: 270
Forward: Luis Suarez
Appearances alongside Messi: 245
Both stars have been superb partners since 2014 when the Uruguayan joined Barca from Liverpool and the pair have struck up a great friendship on and off the pitch.
Appearances alongside Messi: 161
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