- Colombia vs Argentina Copa America Q/final clash
Colombia star James Rodriguez has hailed Lionel Messi as ‘out of this world’ and insisted he doesn’t compare to the Argentina forward.
Rodriguez and Messi will go head-to-head in the Copa America quarter-final on Saturday as they aim for success in Chile.
And ahead of their clash in Vina del Mar, Real Madrid star James has heaped praise on his 27-year-old rival.
‘He is out of this world. He is a special player and you can’t compare him to me. It would be unfair to him,’ he said.
Colombia reached the Copa America quarter-finals despite a painful goalless draw with Peru thanks to Brazil’s victory over Venezuela.
Argentina secured their spot in the quarter-finals after Gonzalo Higuain’s early strike earned Gerardo Martino’s side a 1-0 victory over Jamaica.
Meanwhile, James has admitted he has found it hard to show his full potential at the tournament in the Group stage matches.
‘In the three games I had little space. They were closed and attritional, so I couldn’t play much,’ he added.