Juventus midfielder Sebastian Giovinco feels Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is blazing a trail for pint-sized players!

The Atomic Ant is expected to come on for the second half in their friendly between Italy and the Republic of Ireland.

"Little players who are fast and have quality are back in fashion. It's a bit late and I wish it'd happened earlier, but we hope it continues," said the forward.

"Barcelona certainly represent a bonus for players like me. Cesare Prandelli caught the bug and you saw how he set up this team against Estonia."

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