Register Login Scores

Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

'I Faced Messi When He Was 16, I Asked To Come Off'

A legendary Italian defender has recalled how he asked to be substituted after just 15 minutes of playing against a 16-year-old Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo Nazario Once Snubbed CR7 Among Five Favourite Players To Watch

AC Milan icon Alessandro Costacurta is considered among football's great centre-backs, having represented the Rossoneri 663 times and Italy on 59 occasions.

In a recent interview, the 54-year-old recalled his first encounter with FC Barcelona's Messi in a pre-season friendly, and admitted he could not take any more and asked Carlo Ancelotti to remove him from the game after a short while.

"I faced Messi when he was only 16 years old," Costacurta told Marca.

"At first, I saw him as a child and did what he wanted.

Click through the gallery below to see the leading club goalscorers in 2020 so far!

"After a quarter of an hour I had to ask Ancelotti to replace me."

Costacurta, who went up against Diego Maradona many times in his career, then added that he believes Messi is more special than his Argentine predecessor.

"They are similar because of their genius and the way they express themselves on the field, but Messi is more genius than Maradona," he added.

14 Highest-Paid Footballers On Forbes Rich List

"The difference is that we could do 66 fouls to Maradona before being warned. With Leo it is different, football is now something else."

Do you think Messi is a better player than Maradona was? Let us know in the comments section below.

'Yaya Had No Dignity, He Doesn't Deserve Our Shirt!'

Shock Messi Clause Expires

10 Highest Release Clauses In World Football, Messi Not In Top 3

comments

Top 5

8 Of Chiefs' Most Embarrassing Defeats In The Premiership

116 Sep 20, 2021 03:29 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

12 Players Who Still Don't Have Clubs

10 Sep 02, 2021 12:30 PM in International

Motshwari Arrest Latest: Police Update On Bucs Star

68 Sep 21, 2021 01:09 PM in Orlando Pirates

Ronaldo Breaks Zlatan's Incredible Record

5 Sep 20, 2021 09:28 AM in Cadbury

The Don – Downs Star Flexes Smoking R1m BMW M4

Sep 20, 2021 07:41 PM in Show Me The Money

Kekana Shows Off His Latest Whip

1 Sep 20, 2021 07:43 PM in Stars & Their Cars

PSG Release Messi Update After Sub Drama

3 Sep 21, 2021 01:58 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Beckham's Son Makes Professional Debut

4 Sep 20, 2021 10:32 AM in World News

Irked Mbele Refuses To Comment on Mhango Nightclub Reports

34 Sep 20, 2021 04:22 PM in Orlando Pirates

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

21 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Breaking: Crisis Talks At Swallows!

14 Sep 20, 2021 03:34 PM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

25 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Baxter Blasted For Apologising

124 Sep 21, 2021 07:10 AM in Kaizer Chiefs