“He was very shy, very introvert, only spoke when it was necessary : Cristian Hidalgo on Messi’s debut days with FC Barcelona

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Former footballer, Cristian Hidalgo has talked about how everyone in the camp was unaware about what Messi will bring to the table and why everyone never thought that ace striker Lionel Messi will one day become the best footballer of this generation.

In an interaction with Goal.com, Hidalgo said, “Leo was an incredible talent. Everyone in the club knew that he would one day be a very good player. “But the best ever? No. Nobody could have foreseen that. Leo’s accomplishments are unique.”

Messi has been a part of the Catalan club since he was just 13, slowly he proved his mettle at the world level and emerged as one of the most promising talents the game has ever got, once he made his debut just three years later.


Besides, Hidalgo was at Barca at the same time and has shared that no one at the club knew that this kid one day will become a six-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Hidalgo said, “He was very shy, very introverted. He actually only spoke when it was necessary. As he played more and started scoring goals, he thawed a little and joked around more.”

Hidalgo had made just one appearance for Barcelona as later he left to join Deportivo La Coruna in the year 2006.


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