Champions League: Gattuso insists Napoli will take pains to stop Lionel Messi

Champions League: Gattuso insists Napoli will take pains to stop Lionel Messi

- Champions League resumes this week with exciting matches across four centers

- Barcelona face-off with Napoli in one of the fixtures scheduled for Tuesday night

- Gennaro Gattuso says his side will do all they can to stop Lionel Messi in the meeting

Napoli welcome Barcelona to San Paolo Stadium for their UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg clash on Tuesday, February 25.

The Azzurri head into the encounter on the back of their three-match winning streak across competitions.

Barca, on the other hand, have also won their last three matches which includes their 5-0 demolition of Eibar over the weekend.

Lionel Messi grabbed four goals in that singular encounter with Authur Melo scoring the last goal to complete the drubbing.

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However, Gennaro Gattuso seems unfazed with the Argentine's brilliance over the weekend, saying he has perfected ways to shut the 32-year-old out all through the meeting.

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Messi has scored 23 goals and 16 assists in all competitions so far this campaign, and he is poised to lead his side to glory in Italy tomorrow night.

The former AC Milan defender said ahead of the clash: "Tomorrow we have to suffer, but I will be satisfied if we are not afraid, if we are alive, if we respect the opponent but if we play hard.

About Messi, I have read whether to make a cage or not, but we need the collective game. "It is not just him. He is the best in the world, for how he has lived his entire career.

"It is always perfect, never a misplaced word, it is an example for everything. It does things that I only see on the PlayStation.

It has incredible quality and for years it has been the best of all time.”

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Messi was at loggerhead with the club's chiefs after Eric Abidal aimed a dig at the 32-year-old by saying they didn't support former boss Ernesto Valverde.

That would be incredible for football in the USA and if anyone has the global profile to make that dream a reality then it has to be David Beckham,” Heath told The Mirror.

It may not happen just yet, but I can see Ronaldo following in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard playing in the MLS.

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For Ronaldo and Messi, the two obvious destinations if they came to the MLS would be Los Angeles and Miami.

And, with his links to both players and the plan Beckham and his backers have in place, I can really only see them going to Miami.”

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi produced moments of magic as Barcelona beat Eibar 5-0 to move top of the La Liga on Saturday, February 22.

The 32-year-old scored four of his side's five goals against Eibar at the Camp Nou over the weekend

His brilliance, however, helped the Catalan club leapfrog their bitter rivals Real Madrid to the summit of the Spanish league log.

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