Valencia and Spain striker David Villa has declared Lionel Messi the best player in the world and says that he expects the Argentinian to have a great tournament at next year's World Cup finals in South Africa.
Spain and Argentina meet in a friendly at the Vicente Calderon tonight and Villa is under no illusion as to the quality of the 22-year-old from Rosario.
Messi has endured criticism in Argentina for his performances during qualification for the stumbling Albicelestes but Villa believes that it would be difficult for any player to give a good account of themselves when their team is not fairing well.
"When things don't go well at group level, it's hard for anyone stand out individually, but Messi
is the best in the world for everyone," he told Sport.
"While we can complicate things, I have no doubt that Messi will have a great
Paul Madden, Goal.com