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Lionel Richie offers words of support for namesake Messi

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LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) - SingerLionelRichiehas some words of encouragement for Argentinian footballer and Barcelona strikerLionelMessi -- to take it "easy like Sunday morning".

Messi recently retired from international football after his side lost against Chile in the final of the Copa America. The 29-year-old was seen in tears at the end of the game, having missed a penalty in the decisive shootout.

"Yes,Lionel, just make it easy like Sunday morning. Don't get all out of shape here,"Richiesaid referring to lyrics from his "Easy" song. "If I told you how many times I lost at the Grammies and it only made me do one thing - get better. So, I'm not even worried about my namesake - he's going to be just fine...He's a winner obviously...I'm sure he's down right now but he's aLionel, he can't go wrong."

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