Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that it is an extreme joy to play alongside a player of the qualities like Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi is widely regarded to be the best player in the world right now. It is also quite fearful to know that the little Argentine is only 24 years old.

Cesc Fabregas has been part of the Barcelona team only from the summer, but he has been integrated into the team in such a way that he could soon become the replacement for Xavi. Many have thought Xavi to be irreplaceable in the Barcelona team, but the arrival of Cesc Fabregas for around £ 35 million has changed their views.

Lionel Messi has so far scored 53 goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season, which has also made the record goal scorer for the club. Many regard that Lionel Messi's achievements at Barcelona will never be replicated by a player.

It has also been the reason for Cesc Fabregas to come out with the statement in praise of the little Argentine. Fabregas has said that it has been a pleasure to play alongside Lionel Messi and some of the things he is capable of doing is out of the world. Messi has also been revealed to be the best earning footballer in the world ahead of England's David Beckham, and, according to the latest sports betting, is set to be the best earning footballer for many years to come.

"He's different to every other player in the world, and it's a pleasure to be able to able to play with him, to have him in the team, because he gives you this extra confidence that every champion team needs. He's a humble player, hard working, he loves football. He deserves everything that's happening to him," Cesc Fabregas said after the 2-0 win over Racing Santander. Lionel Messi, unsurprisingly, scored two goals for Barcelona in this match.