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Sunday , July 13 , 2014
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Messi a good team player, says Becks

Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan with Sepp Blatter, in Rio de Janeiro, on Friday. (Getty Images)

Rio de Janeiro: David Beckham is thrilled to see Lionel Messi feature in the World Cup final and is backing the Argentina captain to lead his team to victory.

“He’s simply amazing,” Beckham said in an interview. “He gives people so much pleasure with the way he plays and what makes him special is he plays as a teammate as well, a good team player.

“He’s got great individual skill, but winning means everything to him. If other teammates score goals, he’s the first one there to celebrate with them and I think that says a lot about him.

“Playing for Argentina, I’m sure there’s a certain amount of pressure. But going as far as they’ve gone is incredible.

“It means so much to him, his family and everyone else around the world, the fact Messi’s going to be playing on this stage.”

Reluctant to offer a prediction for the final, Beckham — who will be at the game with his children — eventually tipped Argentina to triumph 3-1.

He said: “It’s just amazing that these two teams have come together. Germany came to the tournament with great experience, people are not too surprised they’ve reached as far as this.

“There’s no particular star, they’ve just a great group that play well together. Argentina have a group of talented players who play with a lot of passion, but Lionel… I’m just excited to see him play.

“Argentina may win 3-1… You never know.”

Reviewing the tournament as a whole, Beckham relished the emergence of new teams and players on the world stage — particularly Colombia and James Rodriguez. “It’s been a great World Cup. “The fact you’ve seen teams like Costa Rica and Colombia perform the way they have and some great young players coming out of the competition, it’s been great to see,” he said.