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'Messi Has No Life'

A retired international footballer has claimed he would not like to be FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, whom he believes has no life.

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Former Italy striker Daniel Osvaldo recently announced his retirement from football, having last played professionally two years ago for Boca Juniors.

The 32-year-old represented Juventus, Southampton, Roma and FC Porto, among others, during his playing career, but in a recent interview, the Argentina-born forward seemed to suggest he could never take football as seriously as some of his peers do, and even claimed that he would not trade places with five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi, whom he feels has a limited social life.

"Would I like to be like Messi? No. I'd like to play like him, but he has no life. It's as if he lives in a golden prison," Osvaldo told Marca.

"He couldn't go somewhere and quietly drink something. Maybe he doesn't care about it, but I do.

"I imagine him buying the biggest TV in the world, but then he's never in his living room to use it.

"Failing that, he probably drives a Ferrari, knowing he lives 15 minutes away from the Barcelona's training ground."

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Osvaldo scored 86 times and assisted a further 23 strikes in 282 club games before he called time on his football career.

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