Former Barca player wanted to quit football because of Messi

Kevin Prince-Boateng considered quitting football when he played alongside Lionel Messi.

The former Barca midfielder played alongside the six-time Ballon d’Or winner during his short loan spell in 2019.

He was awestruck by the Argentian forward’s natural talent and those six months were enough to leave a lasting impression on Boateng.


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“Training with Messi left me speechless,” he told DAZN. “I had always said that Cristiano Ronaldo was the best in the world, but Messi is something else. He’s 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!'”

“At first, I didn’t believe it. I thought it was Espanyol who wanted me, not the real Barcelona!” he said. “Those six months were incredible.”

The former Ghanian international made only four appearances for the Catalan club.


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