Former Barcelona attacker Ibrahim Afellay has revealed how he communicated with Lionel Messi despite their language barrier during his time at Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi wowed the world with his performance at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. He has scored three goals and provided one assist so far, sending Argentina into the quarterfinals of the tournament.
The Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) superstar is one of the biggest highlights of the World Cup to date. No different in the Netherlands, the country will have to face La Albiceleste in the quarterfinals.
Standing shoulder to shoulder with Lionel Messi During his time at Barcelona, Afellay has been open about his experience with him. The Dutch recalls how the two crossed the language barrier to communicate with each other.
The former Barcelona attacker explained that no one except Pep Guardiola and Gerard Pique spoke English in the dressing room at the time. According to him, people communicate with each other in the language of football. Afellay has been quoted by Dutch TV stations ARE NOT:
“Most of the players at Barcelona don’t speak English, except Pique and coach Guardiola. But of course, you see each other every day and everyone speaks the language of football. It only takes a few words to understand each other.”
It is clear that Afellay, who gave up his career in January 2021, has nothing but respect for Lionel Messi. However, he will hope that his country, the Netherlands, will prevail when they face Argentina during the World Cup on Friday (December 9).
Afellay played 31 games with Lionel Messi at Barcelona
Afellay joined the Catalan side from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven for €3 million in January 2011. He continued to stay at the Catalan side for four and a half years, but spent a considerable amount of time at the Catalan club. loan.
However, the former striker has shared the pitch with Lionel Messi on 31 occasions. He even scored for the Argentine in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League.
Afellay has finally swapped Blaugrana for English club Stoke City in the summer of 2015. After a short spell with former club PSV, he retired last year.
Since then, Messi has also ended his relationship with the La Liga giants, joining PSG last year. It is suggested that he may soon become on the way to the Professional Football League (MLS) club Inter Miami.