Sane names three players on Messi’s level, omits De Bruyne

Date published: Thursday 25th January 2018 9:05 - Matthew Stead

Leroy Sane believes that only three players in world football are on the same level as Lionel Messi.

The Manchester City winger has scored 11 goals and assisted 12 in all competitions this season, and has been one of the club’s most underrated performers.

But when asked whether he feels he is on Messi’s level, he insisted he is not yet there.

The winger instead named the four players he feels are the best in the world today, and mentioned neither Kevin de Bruyne nor Eliaquim Mangala.

“No, I’m still far from being on their level. In the whole world, only a few players are,” he told German newspaper Welt.

“Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Hazard are on a level no one else can currently compete with. The achievements of Ozil and Cavani are incredible, too.

“I’m not that far yet. To be able to play with freedom, I mainly need fun. I don’t think and I don’t set specific goals for a game. I just let things happen. If I clear my mind, everything else just happens.”

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