Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has named Girona defender Pablo Maffeo as the toughest of the opponents he has ever encountered in his glorious trophy-laden career.
The Argentine prodigy is considered the greatest name to ever grace football with his natural brilliance to determine result of matches often brought to debate among fans and peer players.
With close to two decades of enviable dazzling as the pitch king cross Europe, the 32-year-old hitman has now revealed his strategy in different games, focusing on how he often has his ways with tough opponent. And surprisingly, Messi gave credit to Spanish defender Pablo Maffeo for giving him the toughest close man-marking on the pitch.
Despite playing against great centre-backs including Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, the Argentine surprisingly picked the 22-year-old defender who is on loan to Girona from Stuttgart. “Depending on how the game is going, we [Messi and his man-marker] will say something to each other,” the Argentine forward said. “I don’t remember, truly.
The one from Girona. maybe. That was exaggerated.” Messi also disclosed he is not always bothered whenever he is being fouled by opponents so far the intention is to win the ball. ” It does bother me when the tackles have bad intentions. If that isn’t the case, then it’s part of the game and I don’t take it badly,” Messi further explained. |Neareel TV