Mexico’s Rafael Marquez has said that he will use all his knowledge of Lionel Messi’s game from the Barcelona training ground to try and stop the Argentina side when the two nations collide on Sunday.
The 31-year-old has been a club-mate of Messi’s since 2003 and has watched the remarkable rise of the player now deemed to be the best in the world by many pundits, and the Mexican has acknowledged that his South American colleague could be difficult to shackle.
“I know him pretty well,” AFP quoted Marquez as saying. “It is difficult to play against him and stop him. We will try to restrict his space because it is difficult to take the ball [from him].
“He has good control over the ball and can change pace at any time. We must ensure that he sees as little of the ball as possible.”
El Tri have enjoyed a decent World Cup to date, starting with a 1-1 draw against South Africa. From there they defeated a lacklustre France 2-0 before losing to Uruguay 1-0, meaning that they only sneaked through on goal difference. Clearly Javier Aguirre’s side will have to raise their game if they are to match one of the tournament favourites.