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Athletic Bilbao coach Bielsa: Argentina demands on Messi unrealistic

Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa admits expectation in Argentina is weighing down Barcelona star Lionel Messi at international level.

Bielsa worked with Messi as Argentina coach.

"Messi is a completely proven player. And you know what Argentines do with people we admire? We subject them to a number of tests that nobody can pass, unless you are a world champion, like Diego Maradona," Bielsa said during a press conference.

"Messi will go through this process. We also show our affection with conjecture, putting in doubt everything we love and value."

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