Martin Braithwaite came out as a substitue in the Catalan club’s clash against Eibar, culminating in a win of 5-0.
And the new signing was ecstatic about Messi hugging him and congratulating him. Well, who wouldn’t?
When asked about what Messi said after helping him score, Braithwaite told reporters: “He congratulated me, he’s a great guy.
“He tried to make me comfortable [after being brought on], he looked for me with his passes. I won’t wash my clothes after the hug he gave me,” he quipped.
“Honestly, I’m very happy to have been able to give him assistance. I felt very well here, surrounded by fantastic players.
“I tried to run and move, which is what I have to do, and the team-mates have found me, so it has been amazing. I am very happy.”
Setien was very pleased with Braithwaite and proved that the new signing was indeed good.
“Braithwaite did more than I expected, much more,” he said. “Honestly, he was very good and I think we have got an extraordinary signing.
“He’ll adapt perfectly to what we do, he was involved in two goals and he understands the game so well. He’s powerful and technically very proficient – he’s a worker and has many things that will help us.”