Lionel Messi comments will endear Arda Turan to Barcelona fans

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The new Blaugrana midfielder has been full of praise for the Camp Nou club’s talisman.

New Barcelona signing Arda Turan has spoken out in praise of Lionel Messi, in a move that will surely endear him to the Camp Nou faithful, Marca report.

The Turkey international moved to the Catalan giants this summer from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, but will have to sit on the sidelines for six months due to Barca’s transfer ban.

The gifted midfielder has been full of praise for Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, stating that he is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Messi is the best footballer in the world,” Turan is quoted as saying by Marca.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is good too, but he will never be like Messi.”

Turan’s addition will give Luis Enrique even more options in his star-studded attack, with it remaining to be seen just where the new addition will fit into the European champions’ starting XI.

The Turk’s link-up play with his team-mates was a key reason he was such a success at the Estadio Vicente Calderon and as such, Turan will surely thrive in Barcelona’s possession-focused style of play.

Messi led the club to a momentous treble last season, with his stunning performances propelling him to become favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or at the midway point.

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