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Ben Arfa as good as Messi says Papiss

Papiss Cisse says Hatem Ben Arfa can be as good as the Barcelona legend

France international Hatem Ben Arfa has been in good form recently for Newcastle

Newcastle United star Papiss Cisse says his team-mate Hatem Ben Arfa can be as good as Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

"Sometimes with the ball at his feet, he is like Lionel Messi," said Papiss.

"The ball really sticks to his feet. I really like that kind of player.

"He has a great range of skills. He is the kind of player who can make the difference and that is really good for us. He is really good to play with."

Key Points

  • Papiss Cisse says Hatem Ben Arfa can be as good as Lionel Messi
  • Hatem scored and set up both of Papiss's goals against West Brom
  • Cisse says Hatem is good enough to make France squad at Euro 2012