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Roberto Martinez's five most ridiculous statements

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With Everton sitting in mid-table, Roberto Martinez has seemingly become intent on becoming a headline-generating machine.

Though his dance moves made for brilliant viewing, the Spaniard has forged himself a real reputation as a frequent user of hyperbole to describe his players.

So to that effect, here are his five most ridiculous statements ranked in order.

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5. Aidan McGeady

Just one month after his arrival from Spartak Moscow McGeady was dubbed as a "phenomenal" player by Martinez.

The Spaniard insisted: "with Aiden we had to start from scratch in terms of building up the fitness levels that he needed and we can already see he's a phenomenal player."

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McGeady is now on loan at Sheffield Wednesday preparing for this Saturday's Championship game against Brentford.

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4. John Stones

With the young centre-back, Martinez looks likely to be the gift that keeps on giving.

As well as being the "best footballing centre-half" in Europe, Stones also has the "potential as one of the greatest players England has ever seen", according to his manager.

At 21, Stones is a hugely exciting prospect for both club and country, however, he has some way to go to eclipse the 1966 winners.

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3. Romelu Lukaku

January was a particulalry profilic month for Martinez's exaggerated statements as he also declared "I wouldn’t swap him (Lukaku) for anyone".

The Belgian striker has admittedly been in superb form this season, plundering 20 goals in all competitions, however, some Everton fans may prefer a certain five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

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2. Tom Cleverley

The most recent addition to this list and a real corker too!

Clearly enthused by Cleverley's improved consistency this season, Martinez blurted out on Sunday that the midfielder "is one of the most sensational (players) you are going to see in Premier League history."

At 26, Cleverley also has time on his hands but he has some distance to cover if he wants to be compared to Thierry Henry and Ryan Giggs.

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1. Gareth Barry

Perhaps a bit harsh on Barry who has enjoyed a sterling domestic career but this was just absurd.

Revisiting the international theme, Martinez declared that Barry "is one of the best English players ever", prompting this priceless reaction from Henry.

53 international caps is an impressive haul but surely even Martinez wouldn't compare the 34-year-old with Sir Bobby Charlton or Bobby Moore.

Even out of midfielders in his own generation, Barry would lose out to Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and arguably even Owen Hargreaves.

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Oh well, keep them coming, Roberto!

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