Thiago Silva Braced For Encounter With ‘Best Ever’ Messi
Brazil centre-half Thiago Silva says he is ready to again face Lionel Messi when the Seleção lock horns with Argentina in the Copa América semi-final on Tuesday.
The pair face-off in the Mineirão in Belo Horizonte and Silva says Messi is the greatest footballer of all time.
“Whenever you face him, you’ll never understand the quality he has, the difference he can make. I have to study all the possibilities, we know that he pulls to the left to go down in the corner.
“But then, out of nowhere, he pulls to the right. He is the greatest player I’ve ever seen, and now it’s Brazil against Argentina and we’re going to give it our all.
“I did not see Pele, I did not see Zico, Maradona. He’s the only one I’ve seen play, it’s different. Although I’ve seen Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Fenômeno, Adriano, Seedorf
“But Messi has no equal, so we have to praise Cristiano Ronaldo, you have to recognize these greats.”