Lionel Messi

IBRA LEVEL WITH MESSI

AC Milan supremo Massimo Allegri believes that in Zlatan Ibrahimovic they have a player who is equal to both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Whilst Messi and Ronaldo have proven their talent time and again at the highest level - perhaps most notably last season when the two competed for the Primera Liga golden boot award, and outscored all their rivals by over 10 goals each - Ibrahimovic has sometimes flattered to deceive.

MESSI COUSIN GETS SPAIN DEAL

Lionel Messi's cousin has signed for Spanish second-division club Girona.

Girona says on its website that the 22-year-old Emmanuel Biancuchi has arrived from Munich 1860 for an undisclosed fee. The Argentine, who had been with the German club since 2008, plays in midfield.

Like Messi, Biancuchi also played for Newell's Old Boys in Argentina before leaving for Europe.

Messi, the Barcelona and Argentina forward, was recently voted FIFA's world player of the year for the second straight time.

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