Casiraghi cools hype for Empoli's Giovinco

Italy coach Pierluigi Casiraghi is keen for local media to stop comparing Empoli starlet Sebastian Giovinco with Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Giovinco scored his first goal in Serie A in Sunday's victory over Palermo and Casiraghi said: "He has produced a great performance, I'm pleased because he's been trying for this goal for a long time.

"Is he like Messi? The Argentine is a champion already, although he is the same age as Giovinco. However they are different, they have different physical qualities, even if they are both combining their talent with their speed."

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