Sevilla defender Gabriel Mercado explains it is ‘impossible’ to stop Barcelona star and Argentina compatriot Lionel Messi.
The two will go head-to-head in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final and the former River Plate defender believes stopping his international teammate is key.
“If I foul him, I could not go back to Argentina,” Mercado joked in an interview with Diario AS.
“It is impossible to stop him, not even by fouling him…he will just get up and carry on because he just wants to play football, to hurt the opposition team and score goals.
“Leo is the best player in the world without any doubt, he can score from any position, he is everywhere on the pitch and he continually assists for his teammates.
“We will have to be strong all over the pitch but particularly defensively, but we dream of winning the cup and we know how tough we must be.”