Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso says his side will be ready to stifle Lionel Messi.
The diminutive superstar remains a force to be reckoned with, despite now being 32 years old.
He’s bagged 23 goals in 28 games this season and is still the beating heart of Barca’s side.
Napoli and Barcelona lock horns in the Champions League on Tuesday.
And Gattuso, who is now pulling the strings in Naples, needs to mastermind a strategy to stop the Argentina international.
“Tomorrow we have to suffer, but I will be satisfied if we are not afraid, if we are alive, if we respect the opponent but if we play hard,” he said.
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“About Messi I have read whether to make a cage or not, but we need the collective game.
“It is not just him. He is the best in the world, for how he has lived his entire career.
“It is always perfect, never a misplaced word, it is an example for everything.
“It does things that I only see on the PlayStation.
“It has an incredible quality and for years it has been the best of all time.”
Messi’s future at the Nou Camp was thrown into doubt last month after a high-profile spat with Eric Abidal.
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Minnesota United manager Adrian Heath reckons Messi – and his old foe Cristiano Ronaldo – could end up turning out for David Beckham’s new MLS franchise Inter Miami at some point.
“That would be incredible for football in the USA and if anyone has the global profile to make that dream a reality then it has to be David Beckham,” Heath told The Mirror .
“It may not happen just yet, but I can see Ronaldo following in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard playing in the MLS.
“For Ronaldo and Messi, the two obvious destinations if they came to the MLS would be Los Angeles and Miami.
“And, with his links to both players and the plan Beckham and his backers have in place, I can really only see them going to Miami.”
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