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Copa América 2019

Newcastle Utd mock Lionel Messi while praising their hero Almirón

A football genius and Lionel Messi – Newcastle poke fun at Argentina great and hail Almiron

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Miguel Almirón's Newcastle United had a little fun at Lionel Messi's expense after Paraguay's Copa América draw with Argentina.

Newcastle United poked fun at Lionel Messi after Miguel Almirón helped Paraguay earn a 1-1 draw with Argentina at the Copa América on Wednesday.

Magpie Messi mocking

Almiron set up Richard Sanchez's opener with a brilliant run, but Messi's second-half penalty saw the spoils shared in the Group B clash in Belo Horizonte.

Derlis González had a chance from the penalty spot for Paraguay, but his effort was saved by Franco Armani in the 63rd minute.

Still, Newcastle took the chance to poke fun at Messi while hailing Almirón, who joined the Premier League club from Atlanta United in January.

"A football genius and Lionel Messi," they wrote alongside a photo of Almirón and the Argentina great.

Almiron joined Newcastle for a reported club-record £21million in January, making 10 Premier League appearances to finish the season.