Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk feels Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the best player in the world and almost unstoppable at times. Messi was at his brilliant best as the Catalans took a 3-0 lead over the Reds in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first-leg clash.
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The Argentina forward scored twice, including a world-class free kick that gave Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson no chance. That took Messi’s tally for the Nou Camp outfit to 600 goals and van Dijk is relieved that he does not have to come up against a player he feels is peerless too often. “Messi is a fantastic player, that much is obvious,” he told Football Espana.
“Even when we were attacking, it is always difficult, as you know he is in the corner waiting to attack. “He is the best player in the world and the extra level he has shown over the years proves this. That goal shows where Messi is as a player. When he is at his best, there is nothing you can do to stop him. “I am glad I don’t play in Spain and have to face him every season.”