Lionel Messi has heaped praise on Aston Villa star Emiliano Martinez, as he believes he is “one of the best goalkeepers in the world”.

Martinez kept a clean sheet as Argentina beat Uraguay 3-0 in their latest World Cup qualifier over the weekend.

After that game, Messi told TNT Sports that he thinks the Villa shot-stopper is one of the best ‘keepers in the world:

Dibu [Emiliano] Martinez is fundamental,’ said Messi.

When they come to him, he always responds.

He established himself in goal and we have one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”

Martinez broke into the Arsenal team in 2019/20 as he played 23 times for them that season.

With the Gunners opting to keep Bernd Leno as their number one, Martinez left last year as Aston Villa bought him for around £20m.