David Luiz praises Messi

Former Chelsea defender David Luiz has praised Lionel Messi by saying that he is the best player ever.

Luiz came up against Messi in the Champions League group stages. Even though Messi was largely subdued in the first match between Paris St Germain and Barcelona in Paris, he had a huge say in the 3-1 victory for the Catalan club at the Camp Nou. This victory ultimately resulted in Barcelona topping the group. Even though this has not helped them get an easy match in the last 16 stage where they will be phasing Manchester City, the Spanish club at least have the advantage of playing the second leg at home.

Luiz became the world’s most expensive defender after his £ 50 million move to Paris in the summer. He was one of the scorers in the first match between the two this season. However, the central defender could not prevent Messi from dominating the match at the Camp Nou. Messi is not in the running for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award this year. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Thomas Müller are seen as the favourites for the title. However,Luiz believes that he has seen enough of Messi to suggest that the Argentine is the best player in the history of the game.

“It’s the efficiency that made the difference.They were better than us; they have three huge forwards. Messi is fantastic, the best player ever.Barca also have a smart head coach and other great players.We will now think about the next step. The next game will be difficult. We’ll have to beat everybody to go all the way. In February we could play anyone,” said Luiz after losing the crucial group match. PSG could have won the group if they had held on for a draw after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s equaliser.