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The Barcelona midfielder has spoken out about the important role of sport in a young person's life, citing the example of his two sons

Alex Song has revealed that his children try to emulate what Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi does on the pitch.

The former Arsenal man believes footballers are important role models for youngsters, and that sport should be an integral part of any person's life.

"When my children see Leo Messi, they try to emulate him," he was quoted as saying on the official Barcelona website.

"Sports are important for youngsters and for people in general, it makes you feel better."

Song moved to Camp Nou from Arsenal over the summer, and has since made nine Liga appearances, scoring once in the process.

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