Russia coach Fabio Capello had high marks of praise Thursday for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.
"Throughout my entire career, there has been only one player who impressed me as much as Messi when I first saw him against my Juventus at the Joan Gamper trophy, and that is Radamel Falcao," Capello told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"He is a fantastic striker, without a doubt the best around at the moment."
The 26-year-old opened the season strong, netting hat tricks against Athletic Bilbao and Chelsea, and scoring one goal and setting up another in Colombia's 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Chile earlier this week in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
Atletico Madrid takes on Rayo Vallecano at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.