The former Brazilian international said, getting the best from Messi and Argentina on one occasion was an achievement he would tell his grandchildren
Trying to kick Lionel Messi from the game was unsuccessful, according to Felipe Melo – because he kept coming back to get more.
The tough Brazilian faced Messi at club and international level, and told the story of beating him once Brazil is the one he will tell his grandchildren.
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“I played a lot against Messi,” Melo said Ole.
“He is special because if you kick him, he gets up and comes for a kick again. He is not afraid.
“He is in the top three players in history, this is crazy.
“I remember when we played in Rosario, in a match that was very important for us Argentina. We won 3-1 and played very well; it’s an Argentinian team with Veron, one of my greatest idols, whom I love.
“Messi hasn’t done much. I will tell the story to my children, my grandchildren – at least in the game, we stop Messi. “
If expelling Messi from the game was an option, Melo would arguably be one of the most qualified players for the job.
But, looking back at the long career that has brought league titles Turkey and Brazil, and the Confederations Cup victory with their country, Melo said there was more to his game than rudeness.
“There are players who make a difference,” he said.
“Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar … then Felipe Melo with his shot, which I did very well.
“But I’m not just kicking people, right? I can also help Robinho, for me with one of the best assists in World Cup history, against Netherlands [in 2010].
“When people think of Felipe Melo, they think of kicking, but I’m not just about kicking. I don’t play at Juventus, Inter, Fiorentina and Galatasaray just by kicking people.
“I won 15 trophies, I have a little quality too.”
Melo has made headlines recently after a fight with former Juventus teammate Giorgio Chiellini.
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