Previous
Zenit St Petersburg
Benfica
ESPN3 Nov 26, 2014 5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Atletico Madrid
Olympiakos
ESPN3 Nov 26, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Basel
Real Madrid
Nov 26, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Malmo FF
Juventus
ESPN3 Nov 26, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Ludogorets Razgrad
Liverpool
ESPN3 Nov 26, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund
Nov 26, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bayer Leverkusen
AS Monaco
ESPN3 Nov 26, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
By ESPN Staff
Jun 9, 2014

Thiago Silva: Messi can ruin WC hopes

Thiago Silva has warned fellow World Cup defenders that "out of this world" Lionel Messi is ready to wreck their dreams of glory.

- What to expect from Sergio Aguero in Brazil
- Scolari dreaming of Brazil vs. Argentina final
- Trinidad & Tobago player bows down to Messi

Silva, 29, will captain host nation Brazil when they kick off their attempt to win a sixth global crown against Croatia in the 2014 tournament's opening game on Thursday.

A major obstacle en route to that ultimate ambition could be neighbours and fierce rivals Argentina, for whom Messi is expected to star.

Having already faced the Barcelona playmaker in the Champions League, Silva told Placar magazine that Messi, whose 2013-14 season was peppered with injury problems, still has the ability to ruin the hopes of Brazil.

"The forward who takes away the dreams of everyone is Messi," Silva said. "I played against him three times when I was at Milan and once with PSG.

"When play comes down one side of the pitch, he's out of this world. To stop Messi in a one-on-one, you can only do it with a rifle in your hand.

"Despite his recent injuries, he's a player who's going to give defenders a lot of work during the World Cup."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.