- Lionel Messi once made a meal out of veteran Italian defender Alessandro Nesta during his career
- The former Italy international described the experience Barcelona star as mentally exhausting
- Nesta won key trophies for club and country during his playing days including the Champions League and the World Cup
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Nesta is regarded as one of the best defenders the game has produced but when he came face-to-face with Messi, the Argentine made him look ordinary.
AC Milan traveled to the Camp Nou to play Barcelona in a Champions League group game and the then 37-year-old said he was mentally exhausted with the quick feet of Messi.
As quoted by 90min the former Lazio defender said:
“The thing that made me depressed is that he had left ten times in ten minutes and I was starting to struggle at 37. In the tenth minute I kicked him and fell to the ground exhausted, I could see the stars.
"He was already giving me his hand to pull me up. There he mentally destroyed me. Do you understand? I was on the ground and when after two seconds I open eyes I see his face with his hand in front that he wanted to help me get up. He mentally destroyed me there."
Nesta won two Serie A and the same amount of Champions League titles with Milan as well as the 2006 World Cup with Italy.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi has now beaten his rival Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of goals scored from free kicks, The Sun, Newsblits.
The Barcelona superstar netted his 57th set piece during Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Chile at the ongoing Copa America.
The 33-year-old delivered a superb curler into the corner in the 33rd minute to put the Albiceleste into the lead.
Legit.ng had also reported that Lionel Messi and his teammates at the Argentina national team on Tuesday night, June 8, threw away a two-goal lead as they were forced to 2-2 draw by Colombia.
Before the encounter, Argentina were hoping to close the gap on leaders Brazil, but they were unable to get the win over Colombia in what was a tough battle.
Argentina started the match impressively and waited until the 11th minute before Rodrigo de Paul delivered a stunning cross which made Cristian Romero score the first goal.