Remember Adel Taraabt? Of course you do, for so many reasons.

On his day, what a wonderful footballer. On another, well, you just didn't know what was going happen.

The midfielder, who starred for Rangers on two separate loan spells in 2009 from Tottenham, then signed permanently at Loftus Road in 2010.

Indeed, 19 goals in all competitions in that 2010/11 season certainly hasn't been forgotten. He was unplayable at all times.

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Adel Taarabt (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

However, fitness problems and unrest behind the scenes meant his career nose-dived, and Rangers were happy to get rid on loan to Fulham and then AC Milan, before they completely wiped their hands clean of the Moroccan two years ago.

Before he left, former Hoops boss Harry Redknapp was extremely frustrated with his fitness problems.

In 2014, he said: "Adel can’t get himself fit. He trained 15 minutes and then had to come off again.

"He needs to get his weight down, and he’s got to get himself fit, and if he does that he’ll be a big asset to us."

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Taarabt had seemed to have gone under the radar, going to Portuguese giants Benfica and has yet to play a game, instead going to Italian side Genoa for a second loan spell this season after a brief stint there earlier this year.

Now 28, Taraabt has lost weight and is looking like the player he once was again. And according to the boffins at statistical site Who Scored, those mesmeric runs and wizardry we witnessed at Rangers are returning.

He is performing better than Lionel Messi. Yes, that's correct. Messi, known for his immense dribbling qualities, is behind Taraabt when it comes to statistics.

Adel Taarabt of Genoa looks on from the bench before the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and FC Crotone (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

He has a better dribble success rate of 93.8 per cent - more than 15 dribbles, to be exact - which is more than any other player in Europe's top five leagues this season.

However, Taraabt still has that disciplinary problem which we saw often at Loftus Road, receiving a red card against Inter Milan two weeks ago in additional time.