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FC Barcelona newbie, KP Boateng chooses Messi over Ronaldo

By Michael Duah
FC Barcelona newbie, KP Boateng chooses Messi over Ronaldo
FC Barcelona newbie, KP Boateng chooses Messi over Ronaldo

FC Barcelona new boy Kevin-Prince Boateng dismissed suggestions of a past allegiance to Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo by lauding Lionel Messi as the best player in this world.

Boateng completed a shock move to Barca on Monday, with the Catalan club bringing him in from Sassuolo on a loan deal until the end of the season which includes an €8million purchase option.

After rumors of his move began to circulate, past quotes from Boateng declaring himself a Madrid fan and praising Ronaldo as the world's best player began to resurface, but he had a concise response on Tuesday.

"I am a Barcelona player and Lionel Messi is the best player in this world and every world," the Germany-born former Ghana international told reporters.

"Why are you laughing? That's the truth, he has shown that with all that he has won in the last 10 years.

"It's a great honor [to be at Barcelona] because Messi is the best player in the world, and Luis Suarez the best striker in the world.

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"They play amazingly and being able to play by their side is a great gift."

"I'm here because of my experience and to help. I'm here to play well and sign on for more years here, that's my goal."

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