What Lionel Messi Said To The Girona Player Who Man-Marked Him For 78 Minutes


Meet Pablo Maffeo, the 20-year-old right-back who played against Lionel Messi on Saturday night.

Maffeo, who is on loan from Manchester City, was given the unenviable task of marking the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for 78 minutes during Girona’s 3-0 defeat to Barcelona.

But despite the scoreline, Maffeo managed to keep the magician rather quiet during his time on the field.

Messi didn’t manage to find the scoresheet and Girona only conceded three – far less than many expected before kick-off.


After the game had finished, Maffeo revealed what Lionel Messi spoke to him about during the game. Manchester City supporters may want to listen up.

In the post match interview, via MARCA, the 20-year-old said: "He asked me a couple of things, like if I was loaned by Manchester City, and how old I was."

"It was all good. I had to mark him and I had to be close to him and not watch the ball.

"It is difficult, not just from a football perspective, but also psychologically. I appreciate the trust the coach placed in me."

Two own goals and a Luiz Suarez strike gave Barcelona all three points, but on-loan Manchester City defender Pablo Maffeo kept Lionel Messi quiet.

Something only a handful of defenders can shout about.

After the game, plenty flood to Messi for a shit, but Maffeo approached Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and it was for a very good reason.


"A friend of mine wanted Ter Stegen’s shirt so I asked the goalkeeper," Maffeo said via MARCA.

"Messi is the best footballer in the world, but friends come first."

Fair play, Pablo, but I’d have personally told my friend a little white lie to get my hands on a Lionel Messi shirt worn by the man himself.

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