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‘I won’t argue with Messi’ – Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou responds to Cristian Romero claims

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Ange Postecoglou says he will not discuss claims with Lionel Messi that Tottenham’s Cristian Romero is the best defender in the world.

Romero, a World Cup winner alongside Messi last December, was hailed by the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner for his performance in Argentina’s 1-0 win over Ecuador last week.

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Messi once again took the opportunity to speak about the importance of his teammate Romero.Credit: AFP

After the match, Messi told reporters: “For me he is currently the best defender in the world. Incredible performance tonight, man of the match.

This is not the first time Messi has praised the Tottenham star after a host of superb performances for club and country.

It’s music to the ears of Spurs boss Postecoglou, who has seen the Argentine become a dressing room leader during his short time in north London.

And Postecoglou admits he won’t object to Messi’s glowing reference as Romero continues his impressive form.

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“I wouldn’t argue with Messi,” Postecoglou exclusively told talkSPORT. “I’ll tell you, I wouldn’t want to play against him (Romero).

“Most boys don’t like training against him.

“He’s a real competitor and I like that about him.

“Whether it’s training or a match, what you see is what you get with Romero.”

Romero is one of the directors of Postecoglou

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Romero is one of the directors of PostecoglouCredit: Getty

The 25-year-old joined Spurs on an initial loan deal from Italian club Atalanta before making the move permanent in August 2022.

A key part of Argentina’s recent success, Romero partnered former Manchester City defender Nicola Otamendi in the World Cup final and was part of the team that won the 2021 Copa America.

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