Following his two games for Argentina in the international break, Tottenham Hotspur defender Cristiano Romero has been getting huge praise in the local media.

Lionel Messi called the 25-year-old the best defender in the world, and he isn’t the only one thinking the Spurs player has now reached his peak.

Former Argentina midfielder Jorge Burruchaga today spoke to Radio La Red, and in quotes relayed by Varsky Sports, he compared Romero to Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

He then claimed the Tottenham player is some levels above the Liverpool star.

“They say Van Dijk and tell me he is the best defender in the world. Romero is 10 times more. If you look at the best defenders, they are not fast. And Cuti has balance and speed. He’s extraordinary,” said Burruchaga.

Romero became a national team hero at the World Cup, when he was a regular starter who helped Argentina get their third title.

He never lost his place since then, and alongside Nicola Otamendi, they built a solid partnership in defence.

Tottenham’s €50m investment in his signing now seems to be paying off, as he’s currently valued by Transfermarkt at €60m. The defender not only started the season well in Spurs’ defence, but also helped Ange Postecoglou’s side with two goals in four appearances this season.