Atlético Mineiro striker Lucas Pratto says Brazilians are afraid of Messi
Argentine striker Lucas Pratto, who plays for Atlético Mineiro in Brazil, says that his teammates always ask about Lionel Messi, and that it's normal to see Brazilians wearing Barça's number 10 shirts.
A player from Atlético Mineiro and a resident of Minas Gerais, Lucas Pratto will be an "informant" for Argentina of how Brazil can behave at the Mineirão next Thursday. In an interview with Olé, the newspaper of his country, the striker spoke a little about the behavior of the Brazilians, especially in relation to Lionel Messi, who returns to the Argentine national team after a three-game absence. Pratto said: "Everyone asks me, 'Messi is coming, right?' And so. They know that Leo is very difficult. They are a little scared. Or more than a little. They are afraid."
According to Pratto, respect for Messi in Brazil is enormous. For the Galo striker, the friendship with Neymar helps so that there is no hatred of the rival. He added: "There is a supreme respect for 'La Pulga.' It's not strange to see in the streets of Belo Horizonte some child with the shirt 10 of Barcelona. But this also has to do with Neymar. The Brazilian people, in general, likes the friendship that Messi made with Neymar. They like to watch them play together. And do not compare them."
Brazil and Argentina face next Thursday at the Mineirão, for the 11th round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Brazilians lead the race with 21 points, while Argentina are in sixth place, with 16 points.