Manchester United great Eric Cantona has claimed that Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Javier Pastore is the best player in the world.
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The Argentina midfielder started for Laurent Blanc’s side on Saturday evening as they trounced SC Bastia at the Stade de France to lift the French Coupe de la Ligue.
He will likely be a key figure on Wednesday evening as PSG welcome Barcelona to the Parc des Princes for their Champions League quarter-final clash.
Ahead of that bout, the former Palermo man has been praised by Cantona—who featured for the likes of Olympique de Marseille, Girondins de Bordeaux and Montpellier Herault during a decade in French football.
“For me, the best player in the world is Javier Pastore,” began Cantona, as reported by the Guardian.
“I watched two PSG games just to see him play. For me, he is the most creative player at the moment. Pastore is full of surprises. I love this kind of player.”
PSG recruited the Argentine from Palermo in the summer of 2011, splashing out a reported €39.8 million for his signature.
Initially, he struggled to make his mark in the French capital and delivered a series of anonymous and unconvincing performances.
Gradually, however, he has adapted to Ligue 1 and has been one of Blanc’s key figures this term, contributing seven assists—the fourth-best in the top flight—and scoring three goals in 24 starts.