Cristian Romero’s outrageous record for Argentina shows why Lionel Messi wanted Barcelona to sign Tottenham hero before moving to north London

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Even though he has only been at Tottenham for a year, Cristian Romero has already shown signs that he can be a top center-back.

But, if you needed any more convincing, his record when playing for Argentina will do just that.

Romero has been unstoppable for Argentina recently

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Romero has been unstoppable for Argentina recently

So it's no surprise that Lionel Messi wanted to be his teammate at club level too

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So it’s no surprise that Lionel Messi wanted to be his teammate at club level too

The defender, who will soon be a Tottenham player permanently after a season-long loan, helped his country to another win in the Finalissima against Italy at a sold-out Wembley Stadium.

That was the second trophy that he has won in his last nine games playing for his country, after their Copa America success last season.

But, even more impressively, he has conceded ZERO goals in that time, meaning that 3-0 win over the Italians was his ninth consecutive clean sheet with his Argentina.

That sort of record is almost unheard of and helps you understand why his international teammate Lionel Messi was keen for his ex-club Barcelona to sign him.

Before Spurs swooped to land the center-back for around £ 47million, his compatriot reportedly the Camp Nou giants to sign him.

Romero later told Radio AM 550: “The fact that Messi would want me in his team, and that he wanted me to come to Barcelona is amazing.


“The team that PSG have built is crazy. I’m a bit sad about how Leo left Barcelona, ​​I thought he would have stayed there forever.

“I wish him all the best, he’s a great person and hopefully he can win everything alongside the other Argentinians there.”

Romero has been inspiring for Spurs this season and a huge reason why next season they will play Champions League football under Antonio Conte.

Both Tottenham and Argentina legend has hailed the player’s impact.

Romero made an impression for the right and wrong reasons this season

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Romero made an impression for the right and wrong reasons this season

“I would also like to mention ‘Cuti’ [Cristian] Romero – he’s one of the top defenders in the world without a doubt, ”he told the Daily Mail.

He continued: “It’s not easy to arrive in English football and acclimatise straight away. It can take quite a long time to do so.

“It looked to me as if he did so extremely quickly. He’s very good with the ball, without the ball and is a very good defender. He still needs to learn a few things – he’s made one or two mistakes – but he’s very clever and will learn from those mistakes.

“But what is his ceiling? I wouldn’t like to speculate on that. Making comparisons with other players, I’m not so sure. But I do not know who is better [than him] right now. That is debatable.

Romero has been a rock at the heart of Tottenham's defense

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Romero has been a rock at the heart of Tottenham’s defense

“Before he made his move to Atalanta, he already stood out for the national team. For Argentina, some rotate, some play, sometimes they do not. People like [Lionel] Messi and Romero play all the time, so it gives you an idea of ​​how highly-rated he is.

“He’s an outstanding player – I’m delighted Spurs have him.”

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