You would think no one knew this already, but Arda Turan saw the need to point it out. The new Barcelona player stated that Ronaldo is a special player, but will never be like Messi.
The Turkey international completed a move to the Camp Nou worth €41 million and signed a five year contract.
“Cristiano is special but he’ll never be like Messi,” the 28-year-old told reporters at a press conference on Friday.
“I don’t think that there’s ever been anyone like Messi – or ever will be.”
However, Arda admitted that he is arguably even more excited about playing in the same team as Andres Iniesta and insisted that there is room for him in Barca’s all-star attacking line-up.
“Hopefully I will play play alongside Iniesta, Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez,” he stated. “I think you can see that picture of the five of us playing together.
“At Atletico, I always said that Messi is the best player in the world, but Iniesta is my idol.”
Arda, who was also linked with Liverpool, Chelsea, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, also revealed that he could have moved elsewhere but that he always had his heart set on a switch to Catalunya.
“I received lots of offers, but when I heard from Barca I pushed all the others aside,” he added.
“Those who know me know that I’ve dreamt of playing for Barca since I was a kid.
“I’m happy to come to the best club in the world. I’ll try to give the best I’ve have.
“I’ve always liked having to really fight in order to win; I think here people will see the best Arda.”