Ex-France striker claims ex-Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa was ‘as good as Messi’ – .

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Ex-France striker claims ex-Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa was ‘as good as Messi’ – .


Djibril Cissé has made a sensational claim that former Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa was as good as Lionel Messi in his prime.
Magpies supporters know how good the delicate French winger could be in his day, but they would be hard pressed to accept such a statement.

In four years at Tyneside, Ben Arfa played 86 times in all competitions, scoring 14 goals and registering 15 assists.

From a partisan perspective, he was as brilliant to watch as he was frustratingly inconsistent in painting much of the picture of his time in the Northeast.

The goal he scored against Bolton, which is arguably his most iconic moment in a Newcastle shirt, was one of the best at St James’ Park in recent memory, but comparisons to Messi still seem extremely far-fetched.

Speaking on Booska-P’s face-to-face YouTube show Soyons Foot, Cissé made a wacky statement about the two players.

“Technically Hatem I may sound crazy but I think Ben Arfa at a good level is as good as Messi.

“I saw him do things… I repeat, Hatem at his best, it’s Messi. “

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