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Lenglet In Awe Of Legendary Lionel Messi’s Humility

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet feels privileged being a team-mate to Barcelona captain and Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.

The Frenchman joined the La Liga champions from Sevilla in the summer for £32 million (€36m/$42m).

Lenglet has featured 13 times for the Catalans in the absence of Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen through injury.

The former Sevilla man is a huge fan of the Argentine and shared his admiration of the player with Goal.

“As a rival you can try and stop [Messi] but we always knew that it was very difficult.

“As a team-mate it is different because he can change the face of the game and he is still a very humble person. He has a lot of respect for everybody and that makes him even more legendary.

“We talk about a lot of things, he asks me about French football and we speak about how to play on the pitch. Chatting with him is a different experience, when the best player in the world talks you have to listen attentively.

“You also have to open your eyes and just watch what he does.”

Lenglet In Awe Of Legendary Lionel Messi’s Humility

The 23-year-old has formed a close relationship with fellow New signing Arthur Melo but gets on well with every of his other team-mates.

“[I get along] with many team-mates, they are all great people and I have a good relationship with everybody,” he added.

“I am close to Arthur Melo, because he is a new signing like me and we talk a lot. Also with the French guys and with Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic. In truth, there is not a single person with whom I do not speak.

Even though it would reduce his game time, Lenglet also hopes for the speedy recovery of France international Samuel Umtiti.

“[Umtiti] is doing well, he has got back feeling in his knee and he is ramping up his training sessions every day to play as soon as possible.

“He is a player with great talent and we have to help him recover as quickly as possible.”