'We have to kick Messi once each'


There many teams who have adopted certain methods to stop Lionel Messi but a former Brazil international claims they took turns kicking the Barcelona superstar.

A number of teams in the past have used the man-marking approach on the Argentine forward in the past, although they has not proved wise as many of those sides figured out.

Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo made 22 appearances for Selecao from 2009 and 2010, where he also helped side claimed the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup title.

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Melo, who was known as a tough-tackling midfielder, revealed they used instruct one another to kick the Argentine star to break his rhythm.

"He's a unique player," Melo, formerly of Juventus and Inter Milan, Melo told Marca.

"When Brazil played against him, we used to say: 'we have to kick him once each, we have to rotate'.

"If we didn't, it was too difficult to mark him. We didn't want to break him, just to cut his rhythm and to disturb him – it was tactical."

The 32-year-old has once again been the Catalan giants' main man this season, contributing 24 goals and 16 assists 31 appearances across all competitions this season.