Argentine star Lionel Messi, a striker for the American football club Inter Miami, said that his compatriot Christian Romero, a player for English Tottenham Hotspur, is currently considered the best defender in the world.
Lionel Messi has praised Christian Romero, calling him the best in the world in his position at the moment, although he is always absent from the minds of fans and media in their lists of favourites.
Lionel Messi said in statements published by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo after Argentina’s 1-0 match against Ecuador in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers: “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 Inter Miami star added: “Having him behind me is the best thing that could have happened to me. He always pushes me to move forward in attack because he always wants to play one on one with his opponent. I’m already used to it.” without looking back in his presence, and that’s good for me.”
Messi has shown his admiration for Romero since the 2021 Copa America tournament, where both stars contributed to a first title in a long time, to the point that “the flea” asked the then management of his team Barcelona to try to sign the player, but ” Tottenham were eventually able to use his services.
Romero has made 23 appearances for Argentina, scoring two goals, and has also scored two goals for Tottenham in four appearances this season (2023-24).