An African starlet, who made history by becoming the first-ever Senegalese player to play for the FC Barcelona, reflected on his first full season with the Blaugrana and revealed which African stars inspired him to join the Spanish giants.
Senegal international Moussa Wague joined a star-studded list of African players who have plied their trade for the Catalan giants, after joining the Blaugrana in a €5 million (R83 million) deal from Eupen in August 2018.
Despite being limited to only three appearances during Barca's title-winning 2018/19 campaign, the 20-year-old was singled out by manager Ernesto Valverde, as one of five promising young players that he would like to give more first-team opportunities to.
Wague initially joined Barca's reserve team but impressed and is now seemingly moving up to the first side in 2019/20.
"This year I had the luck to finish the season with the first team, becoming a La Liga champion.
"I'm progressing a lot each day with Messi, Luis Suarez and (Ousmane) Dembele in training."
The right-back, who was named into Senegal's AFCON squad, also made mention of the incident, which saw him get sent off for shoving a fan, who reportedly racially abused him.
"When I come back in August, I want to train and play all the time with this group. I’ll fight until I achieve that. The support of my family and my country allows me to never have any doubts," he added.
"My first year at Barça has been far from calm. I had to wait three months to obtain my work permit, then I injured my abductor.
"I was also sent off for pushing a fan who made fun of me and made racist insults towards me when we were losing with Barca B.
"I apologised, but I think that these kinds of people don’t belong in the stands."