Lionel Messi responded to Jan Oblak’s admiration for him – exclusively for Sky Sports – with some of his high praise.
The Barcelona star believes the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper is one of the best in the world today and says he enjoys their battles in La Liga.
“It’s nice to face each other,” he said. “He is currently one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and it is always good to fight against the best.
“An additional motive is to be able to or try to score a goal, with what that means and how hard it is, which proves in every game he plays.
“It’s so nice to see him outside, but also to face him in games. It makes them more exciting.”
Cloud spoke exclusively Sky Sports about why Messi is such a terrible enemy after the Argentine star broke Pele’s record of all guests at one club this week, 644 for Barcelona.
Slovenian No. 1 spoke shortly after his team’s 1-0 victory over Barcelona, the first against Messi and the rest in La Liga for more than ten years.
Cloud has won it, but there are too many defeats, too many late Messiah goals, for him to be anything but modest. “He’s still the best player in the world,” he insisted.
There were three clear goals in all competitions, including a 2-0 victory in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. “That was certainly my best memory,” he said. But it was one game among 17; ten of them saw Messi’s shot find its way away from the Clouds.
“He scored a lot of goals against me. Too much!” He said. “But he’s a great player, an amazing player, the best player.
“He’s scored a goal many times, and you have a feeling you can’t figure out how easily he scored. You’re not even close. Sometimes it seems like he just added the ball to the goal, it’s not even a shot.”