Hulk is no Messi, says demoted Zenit star

The demoted leader of Russian champions Zenit Saint Petersburg on Monday branded Brazilian striker Hulk a second-rate star who did not merit a contract whose size has sparked an open revolt on the team.

updated: September 24, 2012 17:37 IST
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Moscow: Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Igor Denisov has branded new signing Hulk a second-rate star after being demoted from the first team for speaking out about the Brazilian striker's lucrative contract.

"I would understand if we got (Argentine superstar Lionel) Messi or (Spanish midfielder Andres) Iniesta -- they probably deserve any price," said Russian captain Denisov.

"Yes, we bought some good players who will clearly help Zenit. But are they really so much better than the current team leaders that they deserve to get three times more?" the 28-year-old midfielder asked.

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  • Aleksandr Kerzhakov
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  • Igor Denisov