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Can't get Messi? Sign his cousins instead

Published on Jan 10, 2014 2:47 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - World footballer of the year Lionel Messi may be out of reach for Bahia, but the Brazilian top-flight side have signed two of his cousins instead.

On Thursday, the club from Salvador de Bahia paraded new recruits, Argentine brothers Maxi and Emanuel Biancucchi, their website carrying a picture of the duo standing alongside Messi.

Midfielder Emanuel, 25, spent last season with Paraguayan club Olimpia, with whom he reached the final of the Libertadores Cup, losing to Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro.

Formerly with German outfit 1860 Munich, he is described by Bahia as "outstanding at dead balls" and has agreed a one-year deal.

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