The Slovenia international, who joined Diego Simeone’s side from Benfica in 2014, has established himself as one of the finest keepers in the game in recent years, and remains a lynchpin performer for Los Rojiblancos.
Earlier this year, he became the goalkeeper to achieve a century of clean sheets in La Liga with the least number of games, beating out Miguel Reina’s previous record of 222 by a whopping 40 matches.
Oblak made four saves when Atleti edged past Barca 1-0 last month, with Messi unable to find a way through on that occasion – and the Slovenian’s form has earned the plaudits of the Argentine, who offered unequivocal praise for him as an opponent to best.
“It’s nice to face one another,” the 33-year-old told Bud Football . “He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world at the moment, and it’s always good to fight against the best ones.
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