Lionel Messi has revealed he was surprised that Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster was not snapped up by Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal.
The Barcelona star says the former Celtic stopper turned in the best display he has ever seen for a number one when the Catalans came up against his former side in the Champions League.
“The performances of Fraser Forster against us were talked about for a long time. There was one game in Scotland where he was not human, it is the best goalkeeping performance I have seen,” he was quoted by the Mirror as saying.
“When Victor Valdes said he was leaving we even talked about him playing here. I was sure he would end up at Arsenal, Chelsea, or Manchester United.”
The Argentine also reserved special praise for Joe Hart following his heroics for Manchester City against Barcelona recently.
“Joe Hart had an absolutely fantastic game. I already knew he was a top keeper but it was impressive in this performance how he just stopped everything that came his way, with either his hands or his body – he is a phenomenon.”
Forster was in England’s World Cup squad after impressing Roy Hodgson with a string of superb performances in the Champions League for Celtic.
Celtic signed the stopper from Newcastle for £2m in 2012, following two seasons on loan in Glasgow.
He has enjoyed a strong season for the Saints with the south coast club having one of the meanest defences in the league.
- See Fraser Forster in action in the video below