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Cantona lauds Messi

Thu, Mar 15, 2012

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Eric Cantona has praised Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi, saying the Argentine is a class apart and stated that he is able to maintain the ‘ingenuity of a child’.

Speaking at the Global Sports Forum in Barcelona last Thursday, Cantona said: “Messi’s play maintains a piece of his childhood and you see that when he is playing in front of thousands of people, there is a moment when he feels like a star. The great players are those who retain the ingenuity of a child. I have always thought that Barcelona’s play was incredible but Messi’s play is exceptional.”

Cantona took up a role as director of football for the New York Cosmos in Jan. 2011, and claims he will draw inspiration from former Barca boss Johan Cruyff.”My idea is to do the same thing Cruyff did at Barca,” he explained. “To work with kids who are together from the age of 13.”

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