Lionel Messi Hails Christian Romero as the Best Defender in the World
Lionel Messi Praises Christian Romero as the Best Defender in the World
Argentine star Lionel Messi, who plays as a striker for the American football club Inter Miami, has hailed his compatriot Christian Romero, a player for English Tottenham Hotspur, as the current best defender in the world.
Messi’s Appreciation for Romero
Lionel Messi recently expressed his admiration for Christian Romero, recognizing him as the best in his position globally. Despite being overlooked by fans and media in their favorites lists, Messi believes Romero deserves recognition.
After Argentina’s 1-0 victory against Ecuador in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Messi told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, “Romero? I think he is the best defender in the world at the moment. He played very well, and in my opinion, he was the man of the match.”
The Impact of Romero
As Messi’s teammate at Inter Miami, Romero’s presence behind him has been highly beneficial. Messi mentioned how Romero’s aggressive style pushes him to attack and play one-on-one with opponents, and Messi has become accustomed to this dynamic.
Admiration Since Copa America
During the 2021 Copa America tournament, Messi and Romero played pivotal roles in Argentina’s victory. Messi was so impressed by Romero’s performance that he urged his former team, Barcelona, to sign him. However, Tottenham managed to secure Romero’s services instead.
With 23 appearances and two goals for Argentina, Romero has proven himself on the international stage. He has also scored two goals in four appearances for Tottenham in the current season (2023-24).