Alba: I want to be the world's best left-back

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Barcelona defender Jordi Alba wants to become the best left-back in the world before he retires.

The 24-year-old is a regular starter for the Spanish national team and current La Liga champions Barcelona - but Alba wants to be known as the world's number one full-back.

Alba, speaking to reporters, said of  his career ambitions: "I hope to be among the best in the world by the time I finish my career.

"I'm flattered that people are talking about how well I am playing, but I don't take too much notice of it because when I have a bad game it's the opposite - and people slate me endlessly - but when I have a good game it's as if I'm the best player of all time.

"I hope I can keep growing as a footballer and in many years' time be among the best in the world."

The former Valencia star - who moved to the Camp Nou in 2012 for a reported fee of £11.2m - scored for Spain in their recent 2-0 win over Finland.

The victory means the World Cup and European champions are three points ahead of France in their World Cup qualifying group.

Alba is likely to be involved in Spain's game against Chile on Tuesday as Vicente del Bosque's side take on the South Americans, who will be looking for their first ever win against La Roja.

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