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Steph Curry reveals how Warriors have used Lionel Messi to improve their game

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Watching the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry rise to the top of the NBA ladder over the past couple of seasons, the watching world has been quick to draw comparisons to another of sport's elite athletes - Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Both stars are consistently touted as the best in their respective sports, and they both seem to share an innate ability to bamboozle opponents through a combination of exceptional skill and clinical play.

Taking notes

Curry, a keen football fan, has often talked about how much respect he has for Messi but, speaking this week, the NBA's reigning MVP has now revealed how the diminutive Argentinian has actually played a role in the Warriors' excellent 2015-16 season.

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"Coach (Steve) Kerr showed us films of some soccer greats, especially Messi," Curry said, via Sky Sports. "We watched how they play, the style and what they do every single game, how they score.

"He drew a lot of similarities to how we play, moving the ball, using each other."

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Top of their game

Like the Messi-Curry comparisons, there can also be lines drawn between the reigning NBA champion Golden State and Barcelona, the current holders of both the La Liga and Champions League crowns.

The Spanish football club has been credited with taking the sport to a new level, first through their tiki-taka brand of football and now with their forward triumvirate of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

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The Warriors, meanwhile, are on course to compile the best record in NBA regular season history and are doing it with an emphasis on the three-pointer and fluid offense. They too have a trio of All-Star calibre players in the form of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Of course, watching Lionel Messi videos probably ranks quite far down the list of factors behind the Bay Area franchise's current form. Nevertheless, it is interesting to hear that the NBA's top team is being influenced by a totally different sport as they seek to improve.

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How much attention the Dubs roster as a whole paid to their coach's video packages is unclear. For Curry, however, there is no doubt that he was going to be be keeping his eyes glued on the screen:

"Both of us have a creative style of play," the 28-year-old said on the similarities between himself and Messi. "I try to do nice things with my hands, to be creative like Messi.

"I love watching him play because you never know what he is going to do with the ball and I love the talent he has."

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