Messi has made me a better player – Alba

GIRONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with Jordi Alba of Barcelona during the La Liga match between Girona FC and FC Barcelona at Montilivi Stadium on January 27, 2019 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba believes playing alongside Lionel Messi has improved his game considering their telepathic partnership on the pitch.

Alba has become a regular in the Spanish national team as well as Barca since joining the club from Valencia in 2012.

The evidence of his improvement can be seen on the pitch where he has played a pivotal role in Barcelona’s chase for the treble with the La Liga title already in the bag.

The Spanish left-back equally assisted Suarez in Barca’s opener against Liverpool at the Nou Camp. Ahead of the second leg at Anfield, Alba revealed the influence of Messi on his game.

“To me, Leo hasn’t changed [as a person],” Alba told France Football and cited on Marca.

“Our relationship has always been the same – it’s very good.

“We’ve been playing together for seven years and he’s made me a better footballer.

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“As for football, he’s even better than before, which seemed impossible because he was the best in the world!”

The 30-year-old also discussed his role in the dressing room, stating that he is the one to keep things light-hearted.

“I like to make jokes,” said Alba.”It’s fundamental in the dressing room.”It makes life more fun and enjoyable.”

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