Genetics expert reckons he can clone Barcelona star Lionel Messi

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For Argentina he has scored 65 goals in 129 worldwide appearances.

Argentina's Martinez gave his side some hope on the hour mark as Messi found Giovanni Lo Celso who played in the Inter forward to finish.

According Arcadi Navarro, genetic specialist and Head of the European Genome-phenome Archive, producing a double of Messi is a possibility. "Period. Ronaldo is very strong as he lets you win everything, but Messi is a genius and something else".

"It would be like if two twins had been born and we froze one for 20 or 30 years".

A clone of the Barcelona superstar would arrive as a baby with the same potential as one of the greatest players ever.

However, it is no guarantee that Mini-Messi would end up being as good as the real version - because of environmental and educational impacts as well as experience.

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Reuters Juan Medina

"Messi isn't just Messi because of his genetics, but because of everything he has lived through, his education, his time at La Masia, the treatment he received".

Barcelona have fitness concerns over Lionel Messi ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester United.

Messi, who has scored 39 goals in all competitions this season, injured his thigh against Valencia in February and struggled with his fitness in the weeks afterwards.

Lionel Messi's return to global football did not go as planned as Argentina slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Venezuela in Madrid, with the Barcelona star suffering the added woe of a groin injury.

Argentina are preparing for this summer's Copa America in Brazil, where Messi will attempt to win his first global trophy at senior level.

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