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Lisandro Martinez praises Messi’s leadership

Leo Messi is the captain of both Barcelona and the Argentina national team yet his calm nature often brings his leadership skill into question.

However, international teammate Lisandro Martinez feels the Blaugrana star is a “born leader” having experienced him first hand.

Martinez plies his trade with Ajax and his form since moving to Europe has caused many in his home nation to tip him for big things with the national team.

“He is a born leader,” Martinez said of Messi to EFE, and hopes that he will remain in the setup “for many more years”.

“We won’t be able to keep Messi [with the national team] for a hundred years, but the years that he can be in the national team, we will try to enjoy it to the fullest,” Martinez added.

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“It is very nice to observe how he plays, how he sees things differently, how he anticipates the action.

“It is just a matter of watching him and observing him because he is incredible.”

Martinez has earned one cap for Argentina but is unable to link up with the Albiceleste this time due to COVID restrictions, and the 22-year-old is desperate to re-join his national team at the next opportunity.

“It would be a dream come true,” he said.

“One has to be ready at any moment.

“If I’m called up for the Copa America I will be very happy and if I go to the Olympic Games, the same.

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“To represent Argentina in any way is a great satisfaction.”

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