Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has named a surprise player he believes is as skilled as FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
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Not many are considered to have the talent Messi was born with, with many pundits feeling that not even Cristiano Ronaldo is as naturally skilled as the Argentine.
However, Benzema, who has gone up against Messi countless times in his career, believes that Paris Saint-Germain winger Hatem Ben Arfa is as talented as the 30-year-old.
"Ben Arfa has talent at (Lionel) Messi's level," he said, according to GiveMeSport
"I am not fooling around. It hurts me to see his (Ben Arfa's) current situation at PSG."
The French winger has not played a single game this season for PSG, and also struggled for regular game time at the French giants in the 2016/17 campaign.
Ben Arfa earned his move to Les Parisians two years ago, after scoring 18 goals in 34 matches for Nice.