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Stuttgart new boy Rojas not bothered by Messi comparisons

Marco Rojas insists he is not bothered by comparisons to Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.

The 21-year old New Zealand international, who recently left Melbourne Victory to join Germany's VfB Stuttgart, is often referred to as the 'Kiwi Messi', but he has made it clear that he feels no extra pressure because of the nickname.

"There's no pressure with that. It's pretty special to have people kind of say that about you, but it doesn't bring any added pressure," he told Sportal.

"I don't know what people think, that I play like Messi or something? For me, it's nothing.

"It's nice to know people think about you that way but I'm just going to get there, put my head down and work hard."

Rojas added that he is extremely excited about experiencing the day-to-day life of being a professional footballer in football-mad Germany.

"It's amazing what they've got over there for football. I was excited every single day. There was always something new that came up," he added.

"The club were terrific towards me. They helped me out with the stuff I needed at the start. All I got from them was good vibes and it feels like the right thing to do."

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