Wi­j­nal­dum: Mil­ner bet­ter than Messi and Ron­aldo

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! -

FOR­GET Lionel Messi, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo or even Luka Modric – ac­cord­ing to Gini Wi­j­nal­dum it is James Mil­ner who is the best player in the world.

Dutch mid­fielder Wi­j­nal­dum reck­ons there is no more ver­sa­tile foot­baller in the game than his Liver­pool team-mate, 32 (left).

And be­fore the Reds’ Cham­pi­ons League clash with Napoli on Tues­day, Wi­j­nal­dum said: “Which player in the world can you play in ev­ery po­si­tion in a team and he will do re­ally well in all of those po­si­tions?

“There is no one, apart from Mil­ner.

“He has played in so many dif­fer­ent roles and he is al­ways bril­liant. That’s why I rate him among the very best at the top.”

Wi­j­nal­dum says Mil­ner’s ver­sa­til­ity is simpy stun­ning.

He added: “Wher­ever the boss puts him on the pitch he will al­ways be bet­ter than his op­po­nent and will al­ways do a great job for the team.

“That is an amaz­ing qual­ity. What Mil­ner is ca­pa­ble of at this level I have never seen other play­ers do.

“He will al­ways get great marks no mat­ter what po­si­tion our man­ager puts him in.

“Some play­ers can get frus­trated when they have to switch po­si­tions.

“But with Mil­ner you will never see a mood swing. His at­ti­tude just stays the same.”

SI­MON MULLOCK

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