Saturday April 13 2013
Botta: 'Inter's Messi and Di Maria'

Ruben Botta is looking forward to his summer transfer to Inter. “I compare myself with Leo Messi and Angel Di Maria,” explained the midfielder.

The 23-year-old Argentine was wanted by numerous top clubs in Europe, but has agreed a five-year contract with the Nerazzurri.

“My father Ismael was a player and now works as a Coach, so I started playing when I was very young at San Juan,” the Tigre star told the Corriere dello Sport.

“I started out as a trequartista, because I always liked to ‘create’ something, or I can play as a support striker or out wide. I think I give my best in the final third, as I can unbalance opposition defences with my technique.

“I also consider myself a player who helps out his teammates a lot in winning back the ball. I became accustomed to it here at Tigre, where everyone has to sacrifice themselves for the good of the team.”

Some have compared Botta to PSG talent Ezequiel Lavezzi, but he sees a very different idol.

“Pocho is a great player, but he bases a lot of his game on physicality and pace, whereas I focus on technique and ability. Even when I am being tightly marked, I am not afraid of the one-on-one. The defender doesn’t know what I’m going to do.

“I say this will all due respect, but in terms of style I think I am closer to Messi than Lavezzi. If we were to play together, I could give him so many assists.

“In Argentina many of the journalists say my style is similar to Di Maria and I do think we have a lot of common ground.

“I am ready for Serie A, without doubt. My personality both on and off the field enables me to adapt quickly to new situations.

“I’m coming from a very competitive tournament and one that perhaps has more pressure than the European Leagues. This is why I think I am mature enough to face this new professional experience.

“My objective is to adapt as quickly as possible to what the Coach asks of me and the team.”

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