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
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
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.