A Paris Saint-Germain star has explained why the team has to adapt to Lionel Messi, and also addressed claims that Kylian Mbappe is outshining the Argentine among a host of topics, including Neymar.
With midfielder Ander Herrera being part of a star-studded PSG squad, the Spaniard has now revealed some inside knowledge about the attacking trio of Messi, Mbappe, and Neymar.
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The former Manchester United star has opposed suggestions that Messi has struggled since joining Les Parisiens, insisting that the rest of the team needs to adapt to the 34-year-old instead.
"Players of Messi's level shorten the acclimatisation time," Herrera told Mundo Deportivo.
"He will play the same way in France, in Spain, in Japan or in Madagascar.
"He has won his seventh Ballon d'Or and trains and enjoys as if he were only starting to play now. No training action is taken as a joke.
"At times we have already seen the best version of Leo, as against [Manchester] City at home, but I think it is also the responsibility of all those around him. We have to put ourselves at his service to get the best out of him. Normally, regular players have to adapt to a new context.
"Now it is the other way around because we are talking about the best footballer in history."
Asked if he feels Mbappe has outshone the ex-Barcelona captain so far this season, Herrera said: "Kylian will be the best player in the world for many years to come, but we all agree that Leo is number one. No doubt.
"Mbappe has an immense humility and desire to learn from Leo."
With PSG sporting director Leonardo recently coming out to defend Neymar regarding his rumoured party lifestyle, Herrera also weighed in on the subject, claiming that he is not too concerned about it.
"I don't care what is said about Ney. I know him well, he is my friend and he has a huge heart. Not to mention as a footballer – he is exceptional," the 32-year-old added.
"What millions of people who do not know him say has nothing to do with my experience. Friends and family who have visited me and have spent time with him corroborate that."
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