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The 30-year-old has labelled the Barcelona man a “huge player” but rejected claims that the Albiceleste are overly reliant upon the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Netherlands ace Arjen Robben has dismissed the notion that Argentina is a one-man team, claiming that there is more to Alejandro Sabella's side than Lionel Messi.

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The Bayern Munich winger holds the Albiceleste attacker in the highest esteem but he does not feel that Oranje's World Cup semifinal opponent relies too heavily upon the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.

"Argentina have a huge player in him, true, but that does not mean that everything revolves only around Lionel Messi," Robben told reporters ahead of Tuesday's last-four showdown in Sao Paulo.

Meanwhile, Netherlands center back Stefan de Vrij insisted that he is not in the least bit perturbed by the prospect of dealing with Messi.

"I'm not afraid of anyone," the defender told Algemeen Dagbald. "Not even Messi.

"I am especially focused on him, but I’m not afraid of him. In fact, I am very happy to play against him.”

Netherlands is bidding to reach its second successive World Cup final, having been beaten 1-0 by Spain in the tournament decider in South Africa four years ago.

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