Sergio Romero : Martial’s Ball Control Is As Good As Messi’s

Sergio Romero : Martial’s Ball Control Is As Good As Messi’s

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Manchester United shotstopper Sergio Romero has likened the ball control of his club teammate Martial to that of Lionel Messi.

The Argentine number one has been impressed by the trickery and close control of the Frenchman in their time together.

Romero joined United a month before Martial arrived Old Trafford in 2015 from Monaco. But that wasn’t the first time he saw Martial’s trickery close up- having spent his last season as a Samdoria on loan at Monaco.

The 22-year-old who missed out on France World Cup triumph have been on fine form recently for the Red Devils.

Speaking ahead if their game against Bournemouth this weekend, Romero spoke about Martial with United’s official website :

“He really is one of the best I’ve seen. I think that the only player in the world, or who I’ve seen, running with the ball as if it’s stuck to his foot, is Leo Messi.

“He can be going at top speed and the ball is always right on the end of his foot. It never gets far away from his control. That’s why he can do all the things he does.

“But the thing that Anthony has which is quite similar is when he is running at top speed, he can stop the ball absolutely dead, in a split-second.

“That is the same as what Messi does. Leo will be running with the ball, on a mazy dribble, and then all of a sudden he’ll stop suddenly and change pace or change speed, or go the other side.

“Anthony can do that with ease and in fact he has done it many times. He dribbles the ball one way, stops suddenly and then goes the other.”

Martial has also been nominated for the Premier League player of the month after scoring four times in three games.

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