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Juventus defender gives hilarious tip on how to stop Lionel Messi


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Everyone who watches football knows that it is nearly impossible to defend the best player in the world, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. And one world-class defender is aware of that.

Juventus center-back Giorgio Chiellini, one of the world's best at his position, gave a nice interview to Eurosport Italia, and one of the topics discussed was his strategies to mark some of football's best attackers. According to the Italian defender, there is an efficient way to defend against Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

"In the last few years the role of the defender has been re-evaluated. Everyone has to be good at understanding their role. Experience helps you to read certain situations better and make less mistakes in terms of behaviour. Knowledge of the opponent is essential, too, individually as well as the team. How do you mark Cristiano Ronaldo? You try not to leave him alone, don’t let him shoot on his right foot."

Source: Eurosport via Diario Sport

I will not argue with Chiellini, and he makes a very good point. Ronaldo's days as a two-foot monster goalscorer are over, and he is clearly preferring to go with his right, so forcing him left is a good idea.

But what about Messi, Giorgio? What's your tip on how to defend the Argentine as one of the best in the world at marking?

"Lionel Messi? Just make the sign of the cross..."

That is a HILARIOUS answer. Nice one, Chiellini.

Oh, and it's true too.

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