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A-League grand final: Victory's Marco Rojas desperate for A-League grand final glory against Sydney FC

ABC News logo ABC News 2/05/2017

Marco Rojas has been one of the shining lights for Victory in their march to the grand final. © AAP/Mal Fairclough Marco Rojas has been one of the shining lights for Victory in their march to the grand final. Melbourne Victory's Marco Rojas is nicknamed - by some - as the 'Kiwi Messi'.

It is quite a compliment to be compared in some way to the Argentina international and Barcelona great Lionel Messi, and the talented 25-year-old Rojas concedes "there are worse nicknames to have".

"It's nice to be recognised for your football and for people to be saying that. It's obviously nice but I don't buy into it," Rojas said.

While Messi is helping Barcelona top the La Liga in Spain, Rojas will attempt to assist the Victory in their quest for a fourth A-League title, and his first.

"It would be special," said Rojas, who will take to the Sydney Football Stadium with his Victory team-mates against Sydney FC on Sunday.

"Just to be in the final is very special, but if we were to go on and win it, it would be a great achievement and would be a great finish to a season of hard work."

Rojas, a New Zealand international, has a big few months ahead. The All Whites will play in the Confederations Cup in Russia beginning next month where they will take on the hosts in the opening match of the tournament.

"To know that that is coming up in the next couple of months is very exciting for me and exciting for New Zealand football," Rojas said. Rojas even believes his experiences with the All Whites have prepared him for what is expected to be a poor playing surface at the Sydney Football Stadium this weekend.

"I've played in the (Pacific) islands, and played on some pitches that haven't been great," he said.

"As a professional it's part of the game, the different environments, the different states of the pitch."

Rojas thriving in second Victory stint

Rojas began his A-League career with Wellington Phoenix and moved to the Victory before trying to make inroads in the lucrative European market.

He was signed by VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, where injury and form prevented him from taking his place in the top side.

"It was difficult at the start, and football-wise it didn't get a lot easier during the few years that I was there but I learnt a lot on and off the pitch," Rojas said. Rojas returned to Melbourne this season and has scored 12 goals. He looms as a potentially damaging player in this weekend's decider against the Sky Blues.

"He's (Rojas) going to be very important, he's been very important all season. I'm sure, like all of us, he'll be up for the game, and will put on a show for everyone," Victory team-mate James Troisi said.

Rojas feels his side has gained a lot from its three matches against the Sky Blues this season, despite losing on each occasion.

"In the games that we've played them, we have caused them problems," he said.

"It's not like we should go into this game really worried we won't be able to do anything. We have a good team too."

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