Brazil manager Tite said that he wished that Lionel Messi was born in Brazil instead of Argentina so he could play for the Selecao.
The 29-year-old has endured a frustrating run at the international level as he is still waiting to win a major honour with the national team.
Messi has won it all when it comes to individual awards and club competition.
However, titles with the Argentina squad have eluded the five-time Ballon d’Or winner till now.
Messi guided Argentina to two back-to-back Copa America finals, but they lost to Chile on both occasions.
However, the Brazil great and current head-coach Tite is still a huge admirer of the Barcelona superstar.
“Yes, I would have wanted Messi to be born in Brazil,” he said.
“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.”
Messi is also often compared to his nemesis and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
The duo are often the two names when the discussion of the world’s best player is on, but Tite insists that the duo have a very different playing style.
He added that it would have been a dream-team if the two superstars played together, adding that they would have demolished opposition teams.
“They’re different styles – one is a scoring striker, finisher. The other is playful, creative and magical,” he said.
He added: “The two on the same team would have destroyed rivals.”