SAO PAULO (AP) — Normally a reserved man who avoids hype, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella isn't shy about declaring Lionel Messi to be the best player in the world.
Comparing the Argentina captain with Arjen Robben of the Netherlands and Brazil's Neymar, Sabella on Tuesday held up Messi as the undisputed No. 1.
Sabella says: "Each of them is important for their teams but Messi is the best of them all."
After a disappointing World Cup four years ago, Messi has carried Argentina into the semifinals in Brazil, scoring four goals — the same tally Neymar reached before injury ruled him out of the tournament. Robben, who faces Argentina on Wednesday, has scored three.