Genetic specialist and head of the European Genome Archive, Arcadi Navarro, explained it would be possible to create a clone of Barcelona's Argentine striker.
Genetic specialist and head of the European Genome Archive, Arcadi Navarro, explained on the Cadena SER programme Què t'hi jugues that with current technology it would be possible to create a clone of Barcelona's Argentine striker, Lionel Messi.
Messi: so good they made him twice
"Yes, we could clone Messi with the current techniques and we would get something very similar to him. It would be like as if two twins had been born and one had been frozen 20 or 30 years ago."
But, before anyone gets too excited, despite the fact that the appearance and physical qualities would be identical, the cloned subject would have to go through a development and learning phase similar to that of the Barça star in order to acquire the same skills.
"This person would have the same potential, but his [Messi's] qualities have a genetic component as well as others that are based on his education and environment. Messi is not who he is only because of genetics, but also for everything he has lived through, his education, his life in La Masia, the treatment he received. Genetics give us potential, it is then our job to complete it."
Of course, that also means a certain Cristiano Ronaldo could also be cloned, and the comparison debate could start all over again. Poor kids!