Speaking to YouTube show Soyons Foot, former France striker Djibril Cissé notably spoke about France’s 1987 youth team generation, which included the likes of Karim Benzema and Samir Nasri.
The former Auxerre forward in particular underlined the talent of Hatem Ben Arfa – currently a free agent after his spell at Bordeaux last season – comparing him to Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi.
Ben Arfa, now 34, has played for the likes of Marseille, PSG and Lyon – winning titles at each one – as well as three and a half year spell at Newcastle United.
“Technically, Hatem… I might seem crazy but I think that Ben Arfa at a good level is as good as a Messi. I’ve seen him do things… […] I’ll say it again, Hatem at his best, is Messi.”