Koke: Messi's a god

Premiership

Ronaldo and Messi have picked up the last six Ballon d'or awards between them, with the former the current holder.

They are widely considered the top two players of their generation, with Koke in particular awe of Messi's qualities.

"Ronaldo is an athlete, but Messi is a god," Koke is quoted as saying by Marca.

Koke had the opportunity to partner up with Messi following interest from Barca in the summer, but the 22-year-old said he wanted to help Atletico build on their La Liga triumph last term.

"I made the decision to continue at Atletico," he explained. "I appreciated the interest of Barcelona, but why would I have left during what is such a good time for Atletico?"

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