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Saul Niguez full of praise for Lionel Messi ahead of Barcelona vs Atletico

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The two teams meet on Saturday

Atletico de Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has been full of praise for Barcelona captain Lionel Messi ahead of Saturday’s big clash between the two teams in La Liga.

Barca head into the game just two points behind the Rojiblancos and able to leapfrog Diego Simeone’s side in the table with a win at the Camp Nou.

Messi has been key to Barca’s title charge and has been in prolific form again this season, scoring 28 times in La Liga in 2020-21 to top the scoring charts once more.

Saul’s in no doubt about the Barcelona captain’s quality.

“There is no doubt that Lionel Messi is the best player in history, not just currently,” he said.

“I admire Cristiano for how he works, how he is, but I think Messi, at a footballing level, has no comparison.”

Source | Mundo Deportivo

Messi usually enjoys himself when he takes on Atletico too. The Argentine has 32 goals in 42 games against the Rojiblancos, making the them his second favorite ‘victim’ after Sevilla.