Crazy Ball – Former Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has praised former team-mate Ronald Araujo, claiming that the centre-back could even stop Lionel Messi in training when the defender was just 20 years old.
The Uruguay international defender joined from Boston River for Barcelona B in 2018 before being promoted to the main squad in 2020, and since then he has established himself as the Catalan giants’ first-choice centre-back.
Barcelona have great respect for the 23-year-old with the club having just rewarded their centre-back with a new contract in April 2022 to keep him at Camp Nou until at least June 2026.
Manager Xavi Hernandez also has big plans for Ronald Araujo, who made 41 appearances in all competitions last season scoring four goals, and now compatriot and former Catalan partner Luis Suarez admits he is not surprised by the centre-back’s development.
Talk to ESPN Argentinathe veteran striker lauded his compatriot for his growth and rising status at the La Liga club, revealing that the centre-back had even surprised him when he was just 20 years old.
He said, “I am very happy with the level Araujo has shown throughout his season with Barca. I’ve always believed in it. I remember he was 20 years old and stopped Leo [Messi] in practice. Those young players are a wall.”
Ronald Araujo, who has earned 11 international caps for Uruguay to date, played alongside Lionel Messi for two seasons and won the Copa del Rey together in the 2020/2021 season before the Argentine superstar moved to PSG last year on a free transfer.