Barcelona star Lionel Messi has spoken highly of Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan, calling him one of the best goal scorers and hailing his strike against Germany at the 2014 World Cup.

It is not often that one receives such high praise from an individual as gifted as the 28-year-old Argentina star but in an interview with 90 Minutes Extra, the Barcelona player spoke glowingly about Gyan.

Lionel Messi looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol on May 8, 2016 in Barcelona © Alex Caparros/Getty

‘I like his hard work and dedication to his national team and his clubs. I’ve watched him play several times and I really like the goal he scored against Germany in Brazil,’ Messi explained.

The five-time Ballon D’Or recipient added a final word of praise with regards to the former Udinese, Sunderland and Al Ain player’s ability in front of goal.

‘I might say that, he is one of the greatest goal scorers I have ever seen,’ said the Argentina player.

Gyan currently plays his football in China for Shanghai SIPG and is considered one of the best strikers to ever don the Ghana national team shirt.

Asamoah Gyan puts his boots on during a Shanghai SIPG training session on February 23, 2016 in Melbourne © Michael Dodge/Getty

He has scored an astounding 48 goals in 95 appearances for the Black Stars and holds the record for the most goals scored at World Cups by an African, with six strikes to his name.