Lionel Messi can be stopped, says Ajax defender

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Ajax defender Stefano Denswill believes the Dutch club can stop Lionel Messi as they prepare to face Barcelona in the Champions League tonight.

The 20-year-old is confident that his side can control Messi and as is not intimidated by the Argentine superstar.

He’s excited to play against the four-time Ballon d’Or winner, but insists Messi just another opponent.

Speaking to NuSport, Denswil said: "He [Messi] is just an opponent and he's not in my team.

“I am not going to let him score, am I? We have to fight for each other and try to stop him.“

He continued by saying that Ajax hold belief that they can win in the Nou Camp, saying: “Barcelona will try to win the match - but so will we."

The youngster admitted that he would be willing to switch shirts with the Argentine however he will not ask Messi for the swap at the end of the game.

"He's one of the best players in the world so it would be nice if I would get his shirt. But I won't ask for it.”

Barcelona and Messi will hope to improve on last year’s semi-final defeat to Bayern Munich after they were defeated 7-0 on aggregate to the eventual winners.

Meanwhile Ajax will hope to reach the knockout stages of the competition this time around after ending third in their group last time out.

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