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Atletico Madrid midfielder says Lionel Messi was ‘worthy’ of winning the World Cup

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Atletico Madrid captain was a part of Luis Enrique’s La Roja side that travelled to Qatar last month for the FIFA World Cup. The men in red eventually fell short to Morocco in the Round of 16, but the veteran did not have a big role to play during the tournament.

Koke spoke to AS earlier this week, where he gave his two cents on Lionel Messi winning the World Cup and the managerial position at Atletico Madrid, among other topics. Here are the snippets from his interview.

When asked about whether Messi deserved to win the tournament in Qatar and be crowned a champion of the world, he revealed the sheer respect he had for the former Barcelona star and called him the best player in history.

“Lionel Messi? He is the best player of all time. He is just worthy of winning the World Cup, and we have to congratulate him. There is no discussion to find out who is the best in the world.”

He then talked about the possibility of Luis Enrique taking over as the manager of Atletico Madrid and the rumours over Diego Simeone’s future.

“Luis Enrique at Atlético de Madrid? The only thing I see is that the mister [Diego Simeone] has a contract until 2024, and it is heard that he can also renew.”

Earlier this year, Koke became the player with the most appearances for Atletico Madrid and cemented himself as a club legend. In just ten appearances for Los Rojiblancos this season, he has provided two assists and averages close to seven defensive actions per game.

He is expected to start when Atletico face Barcelona early in January and will go up head to head against his compatriots Pedri, Gavi and Sergio Busquets in the middle of the park.

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