Alba was full of praise for his superstar team-mate, with Messi having had a hand in 24 goals in his past 14 games in the Copa del Rey.
Which makes me think, perhaps it's not such a bad thing to be living on the bread-line from week-to-week, it keeps life simple on a financial basis don't you think!
UEFA's official website announced the group, assembled in a fantasy Team of the Year, drawing on 8.8 million votes from fans worldwide. They'll go down as two of the best ever players.
The country that cast the most votes for the team was India, with around 8 percent of the total votes, followed by Poland and Turkey with around 5 percent each. Sergio Ramos is in at centre back while Marcelo is on the left.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City): 52.2%.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid): 55.7%.
The Catalan giants have already been splashing the cash this month, after the £142million arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, and it would appear that the Brazilian will not be the only arrival at the Nou Camp in January. At 39-years of age, Buffon became the oldest to grace the UEFA team of the year.
Though, it could have been very different according to reports today as the club actually tried to sign Lionel Messi first.
Exactly how much truth there is to any of this remains unclear.
UEFA.com shortlisted 50 players on the basis of their performances in the calendar year for the selections of the team of the year.
Messi's rating showed him ahead of Ronaldo in the pace, passing and dribbling attributes whereas the two superstars matched equally in the shooting attribute.
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