Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Barcelona star Lionel Messi
Ferdinand came up against Messi on several occasions during his time at Manchester United.
The Argentina star scored against United in the Champions League final in 2011 at Wembley, when Barcelona won 3-1.
So Ferdinand knows first hand the ability of the Argentina international.
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Rio Ferdinand says Lionel Messi is one of the best passers in the world
He's a fantastic footballer who does things no one else can do at times
Rio Ferdinand on Lionel Messi
"This guy on countless occasions in his career has stepped up when needed," he said on BT Sport.
"This guy is who all the players will be looking to for inspiration.
"He's a fantastic footballer who does things no one else can do at times.
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"He's one of the best passers in the world. Even when he's not effective, all of a sudden you can switch off and he can open the game like that.
"He's a ridiculous footballer, this guy does things no one else can do.
"He's a pleasure to watch, a pleasure to have played against. We just have to enjoy the moments he produces."