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Barcelona star Marc-Andre ter Stegen leaves out Lionel Messi from his Dream XI side

Arjun Singh Devgan
Messi and Ter Stegen were former team-mates at Barcelona
Messi and Ter Stegen were former team-mates at Barcelona / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Argentina icon, Lionel Messi is widely considered to be the greatest player in the history of the sport, with the striker winning numerous professional and individual honours during his career so far, including a record seven-time Ballon d'Or awards.

Despite his staggering achievements on the field during his career so far, Messi's former Barcelona team-mate, Marc-Andre ter Stegen did not pick him in his Dream XI side made up of players he's played alongside, either for club or country.

The goalkeeper instead choose to pick Germany pair Mario Gotze and Marco Reus in the attacking positions ahead of Messi, and while there is no doubt that the duo are extremely talented - it is a stretch that either of them are better than the 34-year-old and would not make any side ahead of the Argentina skipper.

Ter Stegen had in the past admitted that Messi and him didn't really see eye-to-eye during their time together at the Camp Nou, which he revealed in a farewell message he posted on social media when the striker left Barcelona last summer.

"Although from time to time we did not share the same opinion, we always went in the same direction and each of us grew as a person regardless of winning or losing," he wrote in his farewell message to Messi.

Messi has struggled to recapture the form that has made him the best player in the world at Paris Saint-Germain, with the player managing to score just seven goals in 26 appearances in all competitions so far this season.