Barcelona star Messi hails Dutch duo Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben
Lionel Messi has singled out Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben from the Netherlands squad as one of the best players in Europe. The coveted Barcelona forward reserved special praise for Van Persie, who he considers to be a “total footballer”.
In an interview to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf the Argentinean hit-man admitted he was a fan of the Manchester United forward Van Persie and the Bayern Munich winger Robben. Messi also praised the likes of Arsenal’s attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil.
“Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben are two great players,” Messi said. “Ozil is for me Germany’s best player, he is first class, very creative. Van Persie is a total footballer, a very complete forward and capable of scoring lots of goals. Robben also has class, but is more predictable. He can dribble the ball at speed and leave many players behind.”
The 26-year-old Argentina captain also reiterated his stance on Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence in the World Cup next year. Messi said that he was most certainly happy to see his Real Madrid rival at the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
“Of course I am happy that Cristiano is going to the World Cup,” Messi said. “The best teams should be there, because if you want to be the best you must beat every country. I believe it is good for the World Cup for Cristiano to go, he is a great player. Now everyone is talking about how well he is playing, but he has been playing like that for many years, for his club and country.”
Messi, who has been ruled out for the remaining of the year because of a thigh injury, claims he expects to return to full action after the end of the winter break.
“This season things are not going so well for me, but after Christmas, when the worst period of the season comes, I hope to be ready,” Messi added.
Barcelona have suffered in the absence of Messi, although Neymar is working hard to fill in his boots. Nonetheless, Barcelona still possesses a three-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid and third-placed Real Madrid.