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Obama compares himself to Messi

President Barack Obama has compared himself to Barcelona striker Lionel Messi at a White House awards ceremony.

world Updated: Jun 30, 2011 12:49 IST

President Barack Obama has compared himself to Barcelona striker Lionel Messi at a White House awards ceremony.

The Colorado Rapids, champions of US Major League Soccer, presented Obama on Monday with a No. 10 jersey.

"That is me and Messi. We're right up there. Absolutely," Obama said to laughter.

Obama described himself to the Colorado players and officials as "a soccer dad, myself. I have watched my share of games over the years."

His daughters, Malia and Sasha, play football.

Messi led Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the Champions League final last month, and he's in Argentina preparing for the Copa America.

Barcelona will play United in a friendly in Washington on July 30.