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Messi admits one former team-mate humbled him

Messi reveals the one former team-mate who humbled him at Barcelona

April 8, 2020 By Oscar Rojas
During his first years on top of the world of football, Messi admitted that there was one player who he looked up to inside Barcelona's locker room.

Lionel Messi is seen by many fans and experts as the best player of all time, but even a player of his status was humbled by one of his former team-mates. 

Speaking in an interview with L'Equipe, Messi opened up about his early days inside Barcelona's locker room, and he named one player he looked up to during his first seasons at Camp Nou while also naming the reasons why he tried to show said player his respect.

"When Thierry Henry first entered the locker room, I couldn't dare to look him in the eyes. I knew about everything he had done in England. I had created an image of him, and all of a sudden we were both in the same team," Messi said.

Messi spared no praises for his former team-mate, adding that his overall skills made everything he did on the pitch look easy.

"I loved Henry's quickness to end an opportunity, how he made his way to end in front of goal and find the back of the net. It seemed like something natural. The way he ran, his dribbling skills, his gestures to score. It was something that felt just right. What I feel for 'Titi' can fall in the category of admiration," Messi added.

Henry played right next to Messi for three years, scoring 49 goals in 121 apps for Los Blaugranas. Henry and Messi were key for Barcelona's historic 2008-09 season, in which they won all six tournaments they played for.

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