Hate Argentina but Love Messi, Say Mesmerised Brazil Fans

Argentina may be a much hated team in Brazil but from the legendary Ronaldo to commoners in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, they all hail Lionel Messi as one of a kind.

updated: June 26, 2014 13:57 IST
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Argentina's fans are not alone in their adulation of Lionel Messi.

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Sao Paulo: Brazil loves to hate Argentina but Lionel Messi is one of a kind and his wizardry with the ball, which best captures the essence of the 'beautiful game', has even caught the fancy of his country's biggest rival in international football.

From one of their very own legends, Ronaldo, to a group of drunken youths roaming the streets of Rio de Janeiro at the dead of night, the just-turned 27-year-old man with boyish looks has been the buzzword for a while now.

Ronaldo had said that Messi would be the first player chosen by him if he could include a foreign player in Brazil's national team.

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