Warriors midfielder Marshal Munetsi said that playing against arguably the world’s best-ever footballer, Lionel Messi was a great experience for him.
Munetsi, who plays for French League 1 club Stade de Reims, was tasked by the club’s manager to man-mark the superstar when the team clashed with Paris Stain-Germain in a league encounter last week.
Messi, who was making his debut for the Paris club, was harassed by the Warriors midfielder.
Are you in Zimbabwe?
Read Pindula News without data on your phone on freedata.pindula.co.zw
Only Applicable to Econet lines
Despite Reims losing the match 2-0 thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s brace, the Mabvuku-born star stood toe-to-toe with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
He also thought he had cancelled out Mbappe’s opener, only for his goal to be ruled out following a VAR intervention.
Speaking in a recent interview with NewsDay, the 25-year-old former Orlando Pirates player said it was a good experience for him to see Messi in person. He said:
Playing against Messi was a great experience for me, growing up watching him and winning six Ballon d’Or … all the things that he achieved with Barcelona.
It was a great opportunity for me and we tried as a team to get a positive result. We have had three draws.
Playing Paris Saint Germain was a huge task for us because they have top quality players including Messi, so it was a good experience for me to learn and to see him live in person.
Messi was on the receiving end of a couple of tough tackles from Munetsi during the match, but the two were seen exchanging some pleasantries at the final whistle. Munetsi added:
Yeah, we spoke. It was those usual exchanges and he was just wishing me the best for the season and the usual good luck we always share after the game.