Former Barcelona attacker Ibrahim Afellay has lifted the lid on how he communicated with Lionel Messi regardless of their language barrier throughout their time at Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi has left the world in awe along with his performances on the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. He has scored three targets and supplied one help up to now, firing Argentina to the quarter-finals of the event.
The Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) celebrity has been one of many largest speaking factors of the World Cup up to now. It’s no completely different within the Netherlands, the nation that can face La Albiceleste within the quarter-finals.
Having rubbed shoulders with Lionel Messi throughout his time at Barcelona, Afellay has opened up about his expertise with him. The Dutchman recalled how the 2 overcame their language barrier to speak with one another.
The previous Barcelona attacker defined that no one besides Pep Guardiola and Gerard Pique spoke English within the dressing room on the time. All people, although, communicated with one another within the language of soccer, based on him. Afellay was quoted as saying by Dutch broadcasters NOS:
“A lot of the gamers at Barcelona didn’t converse English, besides Pique and coach Guardiola. However in fact, you see one another each day and everybody speaks the soccer language. A couple of phrases are sufficient to grasp one another.”
It’s evident that Afellay, who known as it quits on his profession in January 2021, has nothing however respect for Lionel Messi. Nonetheless, he might be hopeful that his nation, Holland, emerge victorious once they face Argentina within the World Cup on Friday (9 December).
Afellay performed 31 matches with Lionel Messi at Barcelona
Afellay joined the Catalans from Dutch membership PSV Eindhoven for €3 million in January 2011. He went on to stay on their books for four-and-a-half years, however spent a major period of time away on mortgage.
The previous attacker however shared the pitch with Lionel Messi on 31 events. He even arrange a purpose for the Argentinean in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Actual Madrid within the UEFA Champions League semi-finals of the 2010-11 season.
Afellay finally swapped the Blaugrana for English membership Stoke Metropolis in the summertime of 2015. Following a quick stint with former membership PSV, he hung up his boots final 12 months.
Messi has additionally since put an finish to his affiliation with the La Liga giants, becoming a member of PSG final 12 months. There are solutions that he might quickly be on his technique to Main League Soccer (MLS) membership Inter Miami.