BARCELONA, SPAIN - November 9: Lionel Messi #10 of Barcelona defended by Joseph Aidoo #18 of Celta Vigo during the Barcelona V Celta Vigo, La Liga regular season match at Estadio Camp Nou on November 9th 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Celta Vigo defender Joseph Aidoo has heaped praises on Lionel Messi stating that he is the best player in the world.

Aidoo has had the chance to face Messi at least twice a season since joining Celta in 2019.

Although the defender was full of praise for the Barcelona forward, he admitted that teams in La Liga do not think of Messi too much when they face him.

“In Spain, Messi is the greatest and even in the world. In Spain, every team is used to playing and each team wants to play the ball. So teams don’t focus on Messi when they face him, they focus on their game.”

On a personal level, the former Inter Allies defender admitted that he barely has contact with Messi whenever he faces the Barcelona captain.

“With the position Messi plays, normally by the time he gets to me either he will shoot the ball or pass so we don’t usually get into contact.

Celta Vigo still have to travel to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona in the latter stages of the season, a match that could be pivotal in Celta’s Europa League ambitions.

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