Former Bosnia coach reminisces about the time Everton's Muhamed Besic marked Lionel Messi

The Everton midfielder did a good job on the Barcelona superstar, who still managed to score.

One of the bright sparks of Everton's season has been the ever increasing performance level of Bosnian midfielder Muhamed Besic.

He has impressed Everton fans whenever he has played. His tough tackling and all action style is almost Roy Keane like. However, he has the odd skill in his locker and evades players like Manchester United's former battleship never could.

It was during the 2014 World Cup that Besic caught the eye. He was playing for Hungarian side Ferencvaros at the time and was relatively unknown. However, he caught the eye for very nearly putting the brakes on Lionel Messi of Argentina in the group stages.

Speaking of that performance his former national coach Safet Susic has been singing the Everton cult star's heroics in that game.

He told Vecernji List this week:

“I've coached Bosnia against Argentina at World Cup in Brazil. We knew how Messi works: not too far left, nor right, but most in the middle.

“So I told Muhamed Besic to keep an eye on him always be in front of him. Yes, Messi scored, but he didn't play such a great game against us. And Besic got a transfer to Everton after World Cup."

Messi did score in that game but also got well acquainted with the excellent Besic - who barely left his side for 90 minutes.

Unfortunately Besic's progress at Everton this season has been hampered by continuous injury problems, which have undoubtedly prevented his playing time.

But he is now back fit and will be hoping to continue enhancing his reputation among the Everton faithful.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch