Alphonso Davies: Bayern Munich star relishes playing against childhood hero Lionel Messi

Alphonso Davies: Bayern Munich star relishes playing against childhood hero Lionel Messi

- Alphonso Davies is anxious ahead of Bayern Munich’s fixture against Barcelona

- Both teams are billed to face-off on Friday night in a much anticipated Champions League cracker

- Davies claims Lionel Messi was his childhood hero as he used to watch him on TV in school

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Alphonso Davies is expected to be in action when Bayern Munich take on Barcelona in a highly anticipated UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash against Barcelona.

The left-wing defender will face the legendary Lionel Messi on Friday night, August 14, a player he claimed to have been his hero during his childhood days.

“Growing up, I used to watch him all the time and now I'm defending against him; it's going to be a whole different ball game," Davies told UEFA about the prospect of facing Messi.

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"But for me, it's just playing my game, changing nothing on my side and just hopefully doing my best against him.

"We know that he's a great player - we're not going to take that away from him - so the best you can do is try, I guess."

Davies recalls how he used to watch Lionel Messi and indeed the Champions League during his school days in Canada.

Alphonso Davies: Bayern Munich star relishes playing against childhood hero Lionel Messi

Alphonso Davies ready to play against his hero Messi. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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"I went to a football academy school, so every Wednesday or Tuesday, around 12:00 Edmonton time, we would watch it as a classroom," he added.

"Honestly, I'm lost for words - a dream come true."

Meanwhile, German club RB Leipzig are through to the semifinal of the Champions League after the stunned Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid on Thursday night.

Daniel Olmo guided a clever header across Oblak and into the bottom left to put the Germans 1-0 ahead in the 50th minute before substitute Joao Felix restored parity for the Spanish side in the 70th minute.

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With barely two minutes from the extra-time, Leipzig found the back of the net when Tyler Adams' effort was deflected past the goalkeeper to give the German team the victory it ended 2-1.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Neymar was instrumental as French club Paris Saint-German made a sensational last gasp comeback to eventually defeat a very formidable Atalanta to reach the Champions League semifinal.

Underdogs Atalanta have crashed out of the tournament after suffering a 2-1 stoppage-time defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

In the course of the game, the Brazilian mesmerized the opposition as he navigated in and out of their defence in spectacular fashion as he completed 16 dribbles.

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