A former FC Barcelona star has recalled how a 16-year-old Lionel Messi joined a first team training session and "destroyed" everyone, "killing" even the club's starting centre backs.
Ludovic Giuly made 119 appearances for the Catalan giants between 2004 and 2007, a time when Messi burst into the club's senior side.
The retired French international has revealed how Messi stunned everyone in training, even the most experienced players of the Blaugrana squad at the time.
"Messi was only 16, but he destroyed us all in a training session," Giuly told Sport.
"They were kicking him all over the place to avoid being ridiculed by this kid, but he didn't say anything. He just got up and kept on playing.
"Every play he made was dangerous. It was incredible. He would dribble past four players and score a goal.
"Even the team's starting centre backs were nervous. They would go in hard on him, but he took it in. He was an alien. He killed us all."
Guily won five trophies during his time at the Camp Nou, before leaving the club to join Roma in 2007.
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