Ryan Babel returned to Ajax this summer where he began his career and the 25-year-old believes he still has potential to improve – even if he may not reach the same standard as Lionel Messi.
After previous spells at Liverpool and Hoffenheim, Babel thinks that he is just about to begin his footballing prime and after scoring twice in four appearances since his return to Ajax his expectations may not be unfounded.
"A footballer mostly has his best years between 25 and 29, so I don't think I have shown my full potential yet. We can’t all be Lionel Messi, even if we want to," Babel told Fifa.com.
"I enjoyed my time in Germany, I definitely rate the league as it develops well and you have quite a lot of teams that play good football.
"I also had a great time in England playing for Liverpool. I think it could have been much greater if I was guided better but I have no regrets choosing to play for such a big club. I wish things could have been different but I still have a big connection with the club and the fans."