Corinthians capture De Federico

RIO DE JANEIRO - Argentina midfielder Matias De Federico, dubbed the new Lionel Messi, has joined Corinthians who are looking to win the Libertadores Cup for the first time next year.

De Federico, who helped Huracan to runners-up spot in the Argentine Clausura championship in July, will hope to emulate the success of compatriot Carlos Tevez, who inspired Corinthians to the Brazilian league title in 2005.

"The possibility of playing alongside Ronaldo was important in my decision (to join Corinthians)," De Federico, who won his first Argentina cap in a friendly against Panama in May, told the club's website.

The 20-year-old said was compared to Barcelona's Argentina ace Messi back home "but I just get on with my football".

Corinthians, who qualified for the 2010 Libertadores Cup by winning the Copa Brasil in June, are seventh in the Brazilian championship, eight points behind leaders Palmeiras.

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