FIFA World Cup: Messi heroics are a team effort: Sabella

Brasilia: Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella yesterday rejected suggestions that his team are overly dependent on Lionel Messi by emphasising the extent to which he gets help from his teammates.

Alejandro Sabella
Alejandro Sabella 

"Any team that has a player like Messi will greatly depend on him," said Sabella, whose side face Belgium in the World Cup quarter-finals in Brasilia on Saturday.

"But I believe that what he's doing is the work of the entire team. He's the best player in the world, but he's part of a team."

Messi helped to settle Argentina's last-16 tie against Switzerland with an extra-time assist for Angel Di Maria, but Sabella was eager to highlight the work of substitute Rodrigo Palacio in the build-up.

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