Lionel Messi has given Robin van Persie the biggest compliment he can by labelling him as the ‘complete player’.
The current Ballon d’Or holder hailed van Persie, fellow compatriot Arjen Robben and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil who were all named on the shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
Speaking about van Persie, Messi said: “Van Persie is the complete player. He has the entire package. He is a good footballer, but he scores loads of goals at the same time.’’
As a United fan, it was difficult to fully comprehend just how good a football van Persie was in his Arsenal days. Yes he was always a great goalscorer but to completely understand how good a footballer is, you have to watch him every week.
Since moving to Old Trafford, his all-round ability has really stood out. He is just as eager to create a goalscoring opportunity as he is to score himself and that selflessness has helped him to have such a profound impact in a short space of time at Manchester United.
‘He’s better than you think’ was what Arsene Wenger told Sir Alex Ferguson when he had signed van Persie. It’s fair to say that Wenger was right.