Lionel Messi has revealed why he compares Barcelona summer signing Arthur Melo to club legend Xavi Hernandez.
The 22-year-old Brazilain midfielder completed a £27.5million move to La Liga Champions in July from Gremio is among fourth summer arrival in Nou Camp.
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The five-time Ballon d'Or winner spoke of his delight with Arthur performance so far with the Catalan outfit despite making two substitute appearances in the league.
According to Marca Messi said: "They are very good, those that have come in, in particular
Arthur has surprised me as I didn't really know him.
"Arthur has the style we have here, he understood quickly in training.
"Barcelona fans like players who are good with the ball at their feet and we are used to having possession.
"I think that players like Arturo (Vidal) are important to have in the squad, football is about tactics and the physical side.
Arthur makes his club debut against Tottenham Hotspurs in the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament with a terrific long-range effort