Brazilians love Messi because he's the best, says Garay

Argentina pair Ezequiel Garay and Lucas Biglia are not surprised by the way in which the Brazilian people treat a player whom they deem to be the best in the world
By Ben Hayward in Belo Horizonte

Argentina pair Ezequiel Garay and Lucas Biglia believe that Brazilians' affection for team-mate Lionel Messi is to be expected because he is the best player in the world.

The Albiceleste were watched by thousands of fans in Belo Horizonte at an open training session on Wednesday night but the practice ended in chaos as many - including a Ronaldinho lookalike - invaded the pitch in an attempt to meet Messi.

"The rest of us were calm because most of them went for the same player," Lazio midfielder Biglia joked. "We have the best player in the world and the fans want to see him, to touch him. It's normal. He's the No.1 and that's why he receives so much affection from the fans."

Garay added: "We took it with good humour. The chance to see the best player in the world isn't something that happens every day. Leo is a point of reference and we saw that in the training session. We are here to help him and we will do everything we can to get the ball to him."

Messi and his team-mates were in good spirits at a more relaxed session on Thursday as just the media were allowed in - and only for 15 minutes.

After light jogging and a passing drill, Alejandro Sabella's side split in two for a practice match at the Atletico Mineiro training ground.

Biglia and Benfica defender Garay are both close to full fitness after suffering problems over the past few days but Napoli centre-back Federico Fernandez has a knock on his thigh and Inter striker Rodrigo Palacio remains doubtful for the game against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday after training alone on Thursday.