One Tottenham Hotspur player has been dubbed the “best in the world” by Lionel Messi after the Barcelona star was impressed by his efforts while representing his country.
The Argentine legend, who has lined up alongside players like Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, and Sergio Ramos in his career, is well-positioned to detect an outstanding defender. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is clear about who he believes to be the best player in that position on the planet at the moment.
For the 37-year-old, Christian Romero, a member of his international side, is far superior to Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool and Ruben Dias of Manchester City. Since helping Argentina win the 2022 World Cup, the Spurs star has continued to shine for his nation.
The unheralded Spurs player has now received high accolades from his nation’s captain for his most recent national team effort. Messi’s respect for his countryman was obvious following another strong performance in the 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Ecuador.
The Inter Miami talisman was very clear when he stated that Christian Romero is currently the best defender in the world. Man of the Match tonight for an amazing performance.
Midfielder Rodrigo de Paul shared Messi’s admiration for Romero’s outstanding performance and concurred with his assessment of the defender’s importance to the team. “Cuti Romero is capable of being the best central defender in the world right now,” he remarked.
“Having him behind is the best thing that can happen to me because he always forces me to move forward because he always wants to be one on one against the opponent,” said the athlete. As a midfielder, I’ve grown accustomed to leaving without glancing behind me since it makes it easier to focus on the task at hand and causes you to exhaust less quickly.
The victory allowed the three-time world champions to start their defense of the trophy off on the right foot in their qualification campaign. Argentina was rewarded for their tenacious defense after contributing to keeping a clean sheet when their captain came through to secure the victory.
In typical fashion, Messi secured three crucial points for his team with a brilliantly weighted free kick in the 78th minute. The fact that Romero complimented Messi in his post-game interview suggests that the team’s morale is strong right now.
“Ecuador were strong at the back and tried to exploit any mistakes we made,” the 25-year-old colossus stated. The game was subsequently opened up by the greatest player in history, and things then became simpler.