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Opponent Reveals What Messi Asked Him During Game

Opponent Reveals What Lionel Messi Asked Him During Game

By David Kappel - Sep 26, 2017 03:01 PM @kappilinho

Pablo Maffeo, who has been praised for the way he man-marked Lionel Messi over the weekend, has now revealed what the superstar asked him during their match.

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The 20-year-old Girona defender, who is on loan at the Spanish club from Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, was tasked with man-marking Messi and impressed before being substituted in the 79th minute.

"When you cover Messi, you have to think that he's a normal person, that he has two legs like everyone else," Maffeo said, as quoted by Spanish publication Sport

"Messi said to me 'I've got you here for the whole game' and I responded: 'You're the best in the world, what am I going to do.'

"He asked me a couple of things: if I was on loan from Man City and how old I was. He was very humble.

"We were talking because I was stuck to him the whole match. There was no bad feeling or anything funny. He's the best player in the world and if you don't stick to him, he can score at any moment.

"I had to be with him and to stop him touching the ball. It's difficult, not just in terms of the football, but physiologically. I am grateful for the confidence the coach showed in me." 

Despite man-marking Messi for most of the game, Maffeo did not ask for the Argentine's shirt after the match, and explained why.

"A friend of mine wanted (Marc-Andre) Ter Stegen's so I asked for his. Messi is the best in the world, but friends come first," he said.

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Despite Maffeo being able to stop Messi from scoring, Barcelona beat the La Liga newcomers 3-0 courtesy of two own goals and a strike from Luis Suarez.

What would you chat to Messi about if you were man-marking him? Have your say in the comments section below.  


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Butterworth Joined: 12 Sep 2017
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Butterworth Sep 27, 2017 05:25 PM
@sir Percy there is no player like him, unfortunately only Madrid players and supporters refused to agree about that....but it is cool because legends , coaches, and many players in football agrees,,,,,there is no debate
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Nkocy nathie shuku Sep 27, 2017 09:51 AM
psst
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Mtwesi Sep 27, 2017 08:35 AM
Anyway I would ask messi to me his barca t-shirts
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Mtwesi Joined: 17 Aug 2016
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Mtwesi Sep 27, 2017 08:33 AM
Two own goals KIKIKIKIKIKI
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Myaka weliPhefeni Sep 27, 2017 08:09 AM
I cnt ask him hw long he take to practice alone and what make him to enjoy playing soccer,he think his gonna beat me and score goals,be honest Messi where s ur weakness on the field,,,,,, i cld wayt his respond on my question kwaaaaaaa
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roxion Sep 26, 2017 11:37 PM
Barca won at the end of the day.They were so scared of Messi that they ended up scoring own goals.
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Bob Dawana Sep 26, 2017 07:58 PM
@sir Percy .it's just you are jealous member
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Bob Dawana Sep 26, 2017 07:50 PM
Awards for this season will include THE MAIN MAN MARKING MESSI AWARD (MMMMA)...HAHAHAHAHAHA The King of those who called kings
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Manueldosantos Sep 26, 2017 07:43 PM
@Ricworld you love that hero soo much that you write abt him here lol.
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rendzo1 Sep 26, 2017 06:58 PM
What's the big deal if u end up loosing
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Ricworld Sep 26, 2017 06:12 PM
@JAGUAR89 the reason l'm saying this is someone is making the headlines simply because he managed to prevend Messi from scoring lol! Forgetting that Messi is a team player unlike some other so called hero!!!
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JAGUAR89 Sep 26, 2017 05:53 PM
@Ricworld lol! Serious Bro.
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KingLajava Sep 26, 2017 05:46 PM
Messi My Football God
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Ricworld Sep 26, 2017 05:30 PM
Preventing Messi from scoring is a huge accomplishment even if you end up losing the game lol! That's how good Messi is
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Iviweluwalala Sep 26, 2017 05:18 PM
@sir Percy jealousy will forever be your weakness
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langutanithom@gmail.com Sep 26, 2017 05:15 PM
I would inform him that, I know you're well known for terrorising defence. I am here to get experience in dealing with you. I am aware that you are the best in game of football.
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STIGA18 Sep 26, 2017 04:46 PM
K
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SCHAZA Sep 26, 2017 04:25 PM
how do u mark a person u fancy at d same tym?
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paulkgasane@gmail.com Sep 26, 2017 03:31 PM
Good 1 Messi!
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sir Percy Sep 26, 2017 03:31 PM
Good player indeed but Messi is not the best player in the world but should have said one of the best period

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