Name game: French team signs a Lionel Messi

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What's in a name? A struggling French soccer club hopes plenty.

Angers of the second division has offered a contract to Lionel Messi, and it is assuredly not that one. This player is a 17-year-old French midfielder from Cameroon whose full name is Lionel Messi Nyamsi.

He is still playing with Toulouse Fontaines and is considering the offer. His game has never been mistaken for that of the Barcelona great but he did impress during a trial period after he was spotted playing in southwestern France.

Angers head of youth recruitment Axel Labatiniere told The Associated Press that the club watched Messi in February playing for Toulouse Fontaines and was struck by his natural ''feel for the game.''

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