Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Southampton's James Ward-Prowse is the best free-kick taker in the world.
Ward-Prowse is a renowned dead-ball specialist, with his delivery from set-pieces causing opponents all sorts of problems.
Former Barcelona boss Guardiola has worked with Lionel Messi - also an excellent set-piece taker - but the Spaniard believes Ward-Prowse is the best he has ever seen.
"There is no better taker," he said.
|Most goals from direct free-kicks in past five seasons (Europe's top five leagues)|
"Southampton have the best free-kick taker I have ever seen, or at least he is in the world right now.
"He is so good that maybe you miss a little bit of the footballer player. He is a team player of great quality, without the ball and with the ball.
"He really understands the game but it is his free-kicks, set-pieces, and corners that people pay more attention to."
Guardiola was speaking before his side's game against Southampton at St Mary's on Saturday.
Premier League leaders Manchester City are looking to make it 13 Premier League wins in a row, but Guardiola expects a tough test against a side managed by Ralph Hasenhuttl, who he rates highly.
"The quality they have, the exceptional manager," he added.
"One of the best in the league by far. Always was a tough game, the players know it. It will be an incredible challenge."
- Our coverage of Manchester City is bigger and better than ever before - here's everything you need to know to make sure you never miss a moment
- Everything City - go straight to all the best content