Barcelona ace Messi picks his toughest man-marker

La Liga By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 15/01/2020

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has picked his toughest man-maker, with Girona midfielder Pablo Maffeo on the Argentine forward lips, according to Goal.

He dropped the likes of  Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Javier Zanetti to pick the Girona man as the toughest man-marker in his illustrious career.

"Man-marking doesn't bother me - you know that there will be tough matches and it can be strange to always have someone around you," Messi told La Liga on DAZN.

"In truth, it hasn't happened to me that often. It doesn't bother me, but it is strange."

Though he's often locked horns with Real Madrid center-back Sergio Ramos, while Casemiro has also been tasked with dealing with the Barca captain in the past, Messi singled out Spanish right-back Maffeo as a difficult opponent.

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"Pablo Maffeo of Girona," Messi said when asked about the most complicated man-marker he has faced. "That was intense!"

Maffeo, 22, is now into his third loan stint with Girona but has previously been on the books of Manchester City and is currently owned by Stuttgart. 

Aside from aggressive man-marking, Messi is also no stranger to being fouled but isn't too concerned about it, particularly if he's still able to play well.

"I've never been one who complains. I think physical contact and kicks are part of the game," he said. 

"I get more annoyed when I play bad and I get a little more angry. But if I'm not [playing bad], it's not a problem, it's part of the game and I don't take it personally."

Barcelona will entertain Granda in the next La Liga game under new boss Quique Setién.