Cesc Fabregas insists Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi is no ego maniac.

It was claimed in the local press that Messi had brought young teammates to tears in training with his demands.

But Cesc insists: "A player does not become what Messi is without genius, because you need it within the realm of game. He is very polite, very quiet, very humble and then has the genius of a winner.

"Everyone has their way among the players, but if anyone complains it is hardly him. There are fights and gestures but then in the locker room we are friends."

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