Lionel Messi has already warned Chelsea that Tottenham have the ‘best in the world’

Lionel Messi knows a good player when he sees one and the Argentina captain thinks that Tottenham have one of the best there is.

Lionel Messi has warned Chelsea that they will be up against one of the “best defenders in the world” when they face Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur in north London on Monday night. Ange Postecoglou has made a dream start to his managerial tenure with Spurs, winning eight of their first 10 matches to sit at the top of the table before the weekend fixtures got underway.

Chelsea have endured an indifferent start to life under Mauricio Pochettino at Stamford Bridge but will be hopeful of picking up a valuable away win against their capital rivals this evening that can help to properly kick-start their season.

However, they will be up against Argentina centre-back Cristian Romero, who is enjoying a superb start to the season. So much so that he has received the praise of the highest order from none other than World Cup-winning captain Messi himself.

The Inter Miami talisman was back on the scoresheet when he notched the only goal of the game for Argentina against Ecuador in their opening World Cup 2026 qualifier on September 7. Messi broke the deadlock with a typically brilliant free-kick in 78th minute, but it was Romero who walked away with the man-of-the-match award.

Speaking to Telemundo about Romero after the match, Messi said: “For me, he is the best defender in the world right now. Amazing performance tonight, man of the match.”

Messi’s thoughts were echoed by Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni, who said: “I have no words for the match Cuti Romero had. During the home games, people motivate him and he thinks he’s He-Man, he can run 70 meters.”

Romero, who was making his 22nd appearance for the national side, produced a dominant display that saw him make seven tackles, win 11 duels and complete 66 of 68 attempted passes.

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