Brazil manager Tite has revealed he hopes and wishes Lionel Messi was born a Brazilian so he could represent the team.
Messi plays for Argentina and even though national title has eluded him, he has won numerous titles with Barcelona and individual accolades.
And even though Brazil shares a fierce rivalry with Argentina, Tite wishes the talented forward lined up for him instead.
“Yes, I would have wanted Messi to be born in Brazil,” he told AS.
“Regardless of the great rivalry between Brazil and Argentina, one only rivals who he admires. And we have an admiration for the Argentine.
“Messi is awesome. His creative ability is extraordinary, outside of normal patterns. He manages to see what others don’t.”