Ben Arfa: I can be as good as Messi

Hatem Ben Arfa has claimed he can be as good at Newcastle as Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

Get an ambulance on speed dial or think of a way to stop your sides from splitting because Hatem Ben Arfa says he can still become as good and effective as Lionel Messi.

The Newcastle United winger has blamed injury and inconsistency as the early reasons which have held him back in his career, but he insists that he’s got it in him to be as good as arguably, the best player of all time.

“I regret not being mature earlier, because I think today I’d have evolved to a higher level. Maybe I’d be like him – Messi – today. But I still have time, I can catch up,” Ben Arfa told Le10Sport.

There really have been some odd parallels drawn alongside Messi recently such as when Roberto Mancini claimed Mario Balotelli could be as effective as the Argentine magician if he stopped acting like a child.

This isn’t an out and out case of bashing Ben Arfa to death because you can’t argue against the fact he’s a very talented player and extremely effective to Newcastle United.

His record reads eight goals in 39 games for the club which has been hindered by the fact he broke his leg in October 2010 just a couple of months after joining the club from Marseille.

Maybe it’s time for players to simply start trying to be the best they possibly can instead of drawing comparisons to a player who is setting records which may never be broken in the history of the game.

Ben Arfa is living in dream world if he thinks he can get to the same level as Messi but there is no reason why he can’t set more realistic targets as a Newcastle United player.

He’s only 25-years-old so he has plenty of time to become the highest scoring midfielder at Newcastle, a club legend alongside the likes of Alan Shearer and generally one of the most dynamic and effective wide players the Premier League has ever seen.

Those are all realistic targets. If he’s thinking about scoring 100 goals in a season then people will be queuing up to be their mortgages that he won’t.

What do you make of his comments?

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