Frenkie de Jong has heaped praise on Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi.

In an extract from the upcoming book ‘Van Johan tot Frenkie’, a pre-publication of which is in the Algemeen Dagblad, De Jong praised his teammate.

He said, “He is really very good. People underestimate it.

“When someone is the best for a long time, people often get fed up, they get sympathy for the underdog. After Messi had won the Golden Ball three or four times, the argument was: now someone else may win. But that is not the case, that award must be for the best footballer. And he has been every year, until now.”

De Jong realises that Messi is by far the star in the Barcelona squad, “I notice that he is the best in all aspects of the game. Playing in position, in finishing, he sees the game well, he is fast, agile, small but super strong. We mainly have to adapt to him, but that is not difficult. He offers himself well and he plays you well, it makes sense that you adapt to someone like that. Here at Barça they are all world class players, but Messi is really better than the rest “

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