Arda Turan Previously Called Leo Messi 'The Best Player in History of the Game'

Sean Fay@@Sean_FayUK Staff WriterJuly 2, 2015

Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina exchanges his shirt with Atletico's Arda Turan during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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It looks like Atletico Madrid star Arda Turan is on his way to Barcelona.

The Turkish international has also been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea but neither of those clubs has Lionel Messi

Turan spoke of his respect for Messi in an interview with GQ in the past. 

He said, as per SPORT: "To give passes to Messi... that wouldn't be bad! Leo Messi is not from this world. He's an extraterrestrial. For me, without doubt, he is the best player in the history of the game."

If, as expected, his move to Barcelona goes through, it is fair to say Messi played a part.