‘Kids shouldn’t copy freak Messi’

Former Barcelona forward Thierry Henry believes the children should copy Thomas Muller, not Lionel Messi.

The Bayern Munich striker was League and world champion this season, impressing in the Bundesliga and with his performances for Germany in Brazil.

And the New York Red Bulls forward has insisted that kids shouldn’t try to copy Messi or Ronaldo as they are ‘freaks’.

"Stepovers, tricks, that's not the game,” he told reporters.

“The game is what Thomas Muller is doing. If I had a son right now, playing, I would say to him 'look at them, look at [Franck] Ribery, look at Muller.' 

“What Ronaldo does, and Messi, they're just freaks. Don't try to copy those guys. You can copy from Ribery, you can copy from Thomas Muller.

“What he did at the World Cup, people don't talk about it. They don't talk about it, but they should talk about it.

“He plays the game the right way: he defends, he attacks, he controls the ball when he has to control it, he reverses when he has to reverse it. When he has to finish, he'll finish.

“He doesn't do stepovers, but when he has to perform, he performs. He does what the game asks him to do.”

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