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  • Updated: December 17, 2022

Messi Made Me Love Barcelona — Dembele

Messi Made Me Love Barcelona — Dembele

Ousmane Dembele

French winger Ousmane Dembele was keen to heap praise on Argentina’s Lionel Messi ahead of the World Cup final between Argentina and France on Sunday.

Dembele and Messi were teammates at Barcelona for four years, in which the Frenchman was amazed by the level of quality that his Argentine counterpart had. 

Speaking to the media ahead of the final, Dembele shared his experiences with Messi, who is set to play his final World Cup match in the showpiece event.

Messi and Dembele

“He’s an exceptional player. I’ve always said he’s one of the players, along with Iniesta, who made me love Barcelona. I’m very happy to have had him as a teammate.

“In the dressing room, he was a very simple, calm person, who helped young people a lot. I had just arrived and I remember that I was next to him in the locker room and he gave me a lot of advice.

“It will be difficult to stop him (during the final) but we will do everything possible to make him touch the ball as little as possible because he is very, very dangerous.”

Dembele also revealed that he has spoken to club manager Xavi whilst in Qatar, who gave him advice for the tournament.

“He (Xavi) has encouraged me and told me to continue doing what I do. He said that is very happy for me, and for Jules (Kounde) as well.”

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