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Rafinha impresses Lionel Messi with chewing gum trick

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Brazilian play-maker Rafinha impressed his Barcelona team mate Lionel Messi with a chewing gum trick. The midfielder fancied himself at a few 'keepie uppies' in training, but decided to use a piece of gum over a football.

Lionel Messi caught a glimpse of Rafinha's trick, but the Brazilian was unable to re-create his masterclass under the watchful eye of the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.

He certainly gave it a good go on a few occasions, but was left red faced when he tried to perform it again in front of Messi and failed quite miserably.

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Luckily for Rafinha, a camera crew was on hand to catch his trick, and you can even see Messi peeking over, getting a glimpse of his team-mate's skill.

Rafinha, who's older brother Thiago Alcantara plays for FC Bayern Munich, has impressed with the Catalan giants this season, making over 30 appearances in all competitions. He's a player who is technically brilliant, and just like his Spain international brother, is a fantastic dribbler.

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Rafinha is just 22-years-old, and has a very big future ahead of him for club and country. He's been named in the seven available reserves for Brazil's Copa America Campaign, along with Liverpool target Neto, and MLS star Kaka.

The infamous chewing gum trick first got media attention when former Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil performed something similar in a pre-match warm up at the 2010 World Cup. Ozil has since decided to perform his trick again on a couple of occasions since his £42.5m move to Arsenal.

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