Atletico Madrid star Diego Godin has sensationally claimed that defenders in La Liga are more interested in taking photos with Lionel Messi than marking him out of the game.
As reported by the Mirror, the Uruguayan international, who is recognised as one of the leading defenders in Spain's elite division, has insisted that Messi doesn't get such an easy time in South America, which is why he believes the superstar has occasionally struggled on the international scene.
Messi, of course, endured a tricky Copa America with Argentina despite helping the national side reach the final of the competition.
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After firing in as many as 43 league goals for Barcelona in the 2014/15 season, the versatile forward failed to lead his national side to success in Chile, as an international trophy continues to pass him by.
And Godin has hit out at defenders in La Liga, insisting that things are very different in South America.
Godin speaks out
"It's different in South America. There they mark him a lot more," Godin told Teledoce.
"Sometimes we mess around, among teammates, and we say, in Spain, before playing the games, they take a photo with him. A little joke but it's the truth.
"People compete a lot more [in South America] and they mark him a lot tighter as well."
Messi the best
There's no doubt about it, it's an interesting claim from Godin, but Messi has certainly proven himself time-and-time again throughout a number of competitions.
Ok, his record on the international scene isn't quite as good as his one in La Liga, but he's certainly been a joy to watch in the Champions League over the years.
And Europe's elite competition is without a doubt the greatest club tournament there is, and Messi has played huge roles in helping his side claim numerous titles. Defenders from all round the world have attempted to mark the Argentine star out of the game, and they have often failed to do so.
Godin may well have a point about defenders in La Liga, but they probably wouldn't be able to stop him even if they were 100% focused on the challenge in hand. Messi and rival Cristiano Ronaldo are still be some way the leading players in world football.
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