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Boateng – Training With Messi Left Me Speechless

Kevin-Prince Boateng says that training with Lionel Messi left him feeling inadequate for the first time in his career.

The 33-year-old, who is now on the books of Italian club Monza, spent six months at Barcelona in the 2018/2019 season, and has spoken about the experience of training alongside the Argentinian legend.

“The six months at Barcelona were incredible. At first I didn’t believe it, I thought it was Espanyol who wanted me, not the real Barcelona,” Boateng said in an interview with DAZN.

“Training with Messi left me speechless. I had always said that Cristiano Ronaldo was the best in the world, but Messi is something else. He is not normal!”

“While training with him, I felt inadequate for the first time in my career. He was doing incredible things. I felt like saying I’m done! I’m going to quit playing!”

Boateng was on loan at Barcelona from Sassuolo, and lifted the La Liga title with Barcelona that season.

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.