FC Barcelona – La Liga Expressed admiration for his compatriot
Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico has waxed lyrical about Barcelona star and compatriot Lionel Messi, who he believes people should enjoy while he is still playing.
The two players now play together for Argentina, and the Ajax left-back provided an insight into what it’s like to share a dressing room with Messi. “When you see him play you are shocked,” Tagliafico told Ajax’s official media. “Then you meet him in person and say, ‘How can he be so normal with how great he is?’
“It’s something I have to enjoy because he’s also coming towards the end of his career.” When Tagliafico was a 19-year-old playing for Banfield, he was able to meet another legend of Argentinian football in Diego Maradona. “I was able to have a training session with the seniors because there was an injured player,” he explained. “He was coaching and I remember him shouting at me, ‘OK, kid, press’. I will never forget it.”
Prior to joining Ajax, Tagliafico learnt his trade at Banfield and Independiente, two experiences he is thankful for. “It was a very nice period that made me grow a lot as a player,” he noted. “I was at the club [referring to Independiente] that have won the Copa Libertadores the most times. “It was very important and I had one of the best years of my career there