Lionel Messi is of the opinion that Cristian Romero, a star for Tottenham, is the finest defender in the world and that Ange Postecoglou is developing the “next Luis Suarez.” Messi is a big supporter of Alejo Veliz, who joined Postecoglou’s first team during the summer transfer window, and Romero, his teammates from Argentina.
Romero has caused division among Premier League supporters because of his frequent criticism for his aggressive style of play. He was sent off in Spurs’ 4-1 loss to Chelsea in November, and he might have received a red card in last weekend’s triumph over Newcastle by the same score.
However, legendary forward Messi insists that the defender is one of the best in the world. Speaking after Argentina’s 1-0 win over Ecuador in September, the Inter Miami star said of Romero: “For me, he is the best defender in the world right now. Amazing performance tonight, man of the match.”
And in excellent news for Spurs fans, Messi also has high hopes for striker Veliz. The 20-year-old has played in five Premier League games but is yet to score after completing a £13m summer transfer from Rosario Central.
Messi, 36, is positive about the future of Argentinian football and believes there is a succession line in place once he retires. He compared Veliz’s playing style to that of former Liverpool and Barcelona ace Suarez.
“[Roman] Vega, [Maximo] Perrone, and especially Veliz,” Messi said of Argentina’s best young players. “Watching him play reminds me of what Suarez used to play like. I am very excited for the future of this country, and hope I can be an influence to these people, and talk to him.”
Veliz is highly rated by Spurs and is expected to be a star of the future. Whether he will reach the heights of Uruguay ace Suarez remains to be seen.
The genuine Suarez and his closest pal Messi may get back together in 2024. The 36-year-old ended his time at Gremio, and he is now heavily connected to Inter Miami, which is controlled by David Beckham.
Suarez would join Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, two other former Barcelona teammates, at the MLS team. In an effort to ease Messi into the team, Beckham is said to have been eager to bring in some of the forward’s closest friends.
Suarez stated earlier this month, when discussing a possible move to Miami: “It could be a possibility.” My best friend is also the world’s top player. I waited till the end of the Brasileirao before finding out anything.