The Netherlands midfielder praised his Italian teammate and was delighted to play with Lionel Messi.
Georginio Wijnaldum joined Paris Saint-Germain’s bloated squad this summer. The Dutchman thus has the chance to evolve with Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Marquinhos and many other stars of world football. In an interview with the official FIFA media, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was asked about his first steps alongside Lionel Messi, but insisted on highlighting another of his teammates.
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“Everyone says Messi and Ronaldo because they dominated the game for 15 years, and the third player is always different. When we talk about the best players in the world, people automatically say midfielders and attackers, but we also have great defenders. Virgil van Dijk is one of them. I now play with Verratti at PSG and he is phenomenal. People won’t say that because his role is not to score a lot of goals and getting a lot of assists but what he does in training and on the pitch is magnificent“, explained the Dutchman.
“Playing with Lionel Messi? To see greatness at such a short distance is hard to describe. He is one of the best players of all time. To see him train every day is a real honor. how nice he is as a person, that makes things even more special. Everyone at PSG is really happy. It gave the club a real boost. I’m lucky to have him as a teammate“, added Wijnaldum.
Not to miss
If Georginio Wijnaldum has the chance to evolve alongside the greatest club, he is not left out when he joins his national team, of which he is the captain. Indeed, with the Netherlands, Georginio Wijnaldum plays with players playing in the biggest clubs in the world such as Memphis Depay, Frenkie De Jong, Virgil Van Dijk or Matthijs de Ligt.
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The Dutch midfielder also praised two of his compatriots: “Memphis is a great player. I think the team is doing so well thanks to Memphis. Personally, I think I am doing well because he is so good that our opponents have to constantly keep an eye on him. It creates space for me, for the other midfielders. It makes the players around him better. He’s a striker now, but he does more than just score goals – he makes things happen, he assists. We’re very lucky to have him. “
“Is Virgil Van Dijk the best center-back in the world? Everyone has their own opinion on this. Some people want to see a center-back who is good at the ball. Some prefer a center-back who is a leader, who helps his teammates. Others prefer a central defender who defends very well. Virgil has it all. He is one of the best.“, a conclusion Georginio Wijnaldum.