A center back recognized by the greatest player of all time. Lionel Messi’s (36) praise has moved Cristian Romero (25).
In a post-match interview with Ecuador on Aug. 8, Messi praised Romero, who played the entire game at center back. “For me, he’s the best defender in the world right now. He played an incredible game.”
Romero, who played in a center-back duo with Nicolas Otamendi (35, Benfica) against Ecuador, was steady in the Argentine goal throughout the entire match. Argentina earned a 1-0 clean sheet win over South American powerhouse Ecuador. According to statistician Footmob, Romero completed 99% of his passes (67/68), won 71% of his tackles (5/7), and won 11 battles for the ball.
Romero responded to Messi’s praise. “It’s something I’ll never forget. I didn’t expect it,” he said, adding, “I always try to be the coach’s choice. I also remember the players who greeted me on my first day with the national team. It’s a cider of trust. I am very happy.”
Tottenham Hotspur core defender Romero has been a consistent starter at center back for Argentina. He was outstanding at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where he was instrumental in helping Messi win his first World Cup. Romero played four of the seven matches in full-time. He also played 120 minutes in the final against France, struggling in the Argentine defense. Messi made history by winning the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) and trophy at the same time.
Romero is also an irreplaceable resource for Tottenham. He is trusted by head coach Ange Postecoglou. He was 안전놀이터 named vice-captain of Tottenham ahead of the 2023-24 season. He played full-time in three of the first four games. With Romero on fire, Spurs are cruising with three wins and a draw in four games.
Messi, meanwhile, opted for the challenge of the American scene after top-flight stints at FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. Inter Miami, who were last in the league, have been completely transformed by Messi’s arrival. They won their first title in franchise history and are looking to add a second. Messi has been on fire for both the national team and his club. Messi scored a spectacular free kick against Ecuador.