Hakan Balta joins Lionel Messi in the team of the week

Galatsaray’s defender Hakan Balta has been included in the Italian newspaper La Gazetta dello Sport’s team of the week.

The 32-year-old defender has been included in the 11 man squad along side Lionel Messi and Lavezzi.

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Balta received a rating of 7.5 from the newspaper for his performance against Gaziantepspor. The Berlin born player scored his sides winning goal in the 85th minute of the game.

La Gazetta dello Sport’s team of the week:

Fabricio (Deportivo) Bell (Mainz), Hakan Balta (G.Saray), Kolarov (M.City) Carrasco (Monaco), Stoppelkamp (Paderborn), Sigudsson (Swansea), Wijnaldum (PSV), Lavezzi (PSG), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Lasogga (Hamburg).

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The Turkish international has scored two goals in 24 appearances in all competitions for Galatasaray this season. Balta joined Galatasaray from Manisaspor in September 2007.