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Kleberson’s advise for Lionel Messi

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The former Brazil midfielder believes the Argentinean superstar should block all negative criticism and thoughts ahead of the Copa America tournament.

The Copa America is set to start in five days in Brazil.

Argentina is hopeful they can win their first big international title since 2013.

And former Brazil and Manchester United midfielder Kleberson has some advice for the team’s star: Lionel Messi.

“Messi needs to block out the negativity from everyone,” Kleberson was quoted by Goal.

“People expect him to play the same way playing for Argentina as he does when he plays for Barcelona.”

“He needs to play with freedom, his fellow team-mates need to work hard to win the ball back and find Messi so he can have the ball at his feet,” he commented.

“I remember when I played with Ronaldinho.”

“I said to him ‘do not worry about defending, that is my job’,” Kleberson said.

“‘I will get you the ball and you do the rest’; I knew he had the ability and the creativity to win us the game.”

“They have some amazing players in this team now,” admitted Kleberson.

“But, if you saw some of the players in 2002, you would have thought ‘wow’.

“When I was playing in 2002 and looked at the substitutes’ bench, I saw some brilliant young players.”

“They have good players now but if you are comparing the squad then and now, the team in 2002 was outstanding. I do not think any players could get into that team,” the Brazilian concluded.