Tottenham defender Cristian Romero admits he grew up in Argentina a big Barcelona fan.
As a teenager at his boyhood side Club Atletico Belgrano in Argentina, he studied Barcelona – “their team that won everything” – and, specifically, their central defenders.
“I always loved watching that team because I loved to watch Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique, and also Javier Mascherano when he played there. Those three were beautiful to watch,” he told Sky Sports.
“Today, the best defender for me is Virgil van Dijk, always, and Lisandro Martinez from Manchester United.
“For me, they are the best in the Premier League.”