Oct 21, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Camp Nou
Barcelona
3-1
Ajax
Neymar (7'), Messi (24'), Ramirez (94')
Pedro (80')
FT(HT: 2-0)
El-Ghazi (88')
Veltman (32'), van Rhijn (69'), Riedewald (90')

Frank de Boer hails Lionel Messi

De Boer hails Messi
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Ajax boss Frank de Boer praises "the best player in the world" Lionel Messi ahead of their Champions League clash with the Argentine's Barcelona side.

Ajax boss Frank de Boer has lavished praise on Lionel Messi ahead of tonight's Champions League clash with Barcelona.

Messi scored a hat-trick when Ajax travelled to Catalonia in the group stages last season, but former Barca defender De Boer believes that the Argentine is an even better player than he was last term.

"Messi's quality is such that he can score from any position. I believe he is playing more aggressively now than last season. He always want to play, he never wants to be substituted," he told uefa.com.

"It is no accident that he was named the best player in the world on several occasions. It is unbelievable to have set all those records at such a young age. For me, he is the best player in the world. Not just because of his goals − he also has made many assists over the last couple of years. A complete player."

Messi has scored eight times in 10 games this season.

Ajax Amsterdam head coach Frank de Boer attends a press conference after the training session in Amsterdam, on April 11, 2014
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