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Azarenka: Messi plays like he is in a video game

Tennis star Victoria Azarenka has heaped praise on the "amazing" Lionel Messi, insisting that he plays like he is in a video game.

Messi netted two for Argentina in a 7-0 win over Bolivia on Saturday, though he is yet to find the net in Barcelona's first two league games.

The 26-year-old Belarusian, who has reached the quarter-finals of the US Open thanks to a win over Varvara Lepchenko, hailed the Barcelona star's abilities as "unthinkable" and says she looks out for his games in her free time.

"Seeing Messi play is like watching a video game," she told reporters. "It's really something exciting.

"I couldn't watch the game against Bolivia because of the time difference and because I'm a little busy these days, but I will look for him because he's just amazing. 

"What Messi does on a football field is simply unthinkable. I had the pleasure of seeing him at the stadium once in Barcelona and, for me, he is amazing. 

"The way he walks from side to side, and once he sees an opportunity, he simply creates magic."

And she joked: "Footballers play with their feet. I wouldn't say that I am as good with my hands as he is with his feet, but I'm trying."