” I was afraid Messi would dribble me in front of my family “

In October 2015, Yaya Touré was full of admiration for Lionel Messi in an interview with Rio Ferdinand, host for the BT Sport channel.

The Manchester City midfielder was back on the match against his team at FC Barcelona, ​​in the last 16 of the Champions League, season 2014-2015.

Yaya admitted that during the first leg in England on February 24, he was afraid Messi would subject him to humiliating dribbling in front of his family.

« We (Manchester City) were fighting Barcelona. Last year he approached me one day and told me with irony that he would make me a little bridge. I had already seen him make a small bridge to two of my teammates. So I was afraid he would dribble in front of my family, « Yaya said in 2015.

« Lionel Messi is the best player I’ve ever known. He’s a genius. He is natural. At training, it was very easy, « he added.

Yaya Touré and Messi have played together at FC Barcelona. They won the unprecedented sextuplé in 2009. The following year, the Ivorian midfielder left the Blaugranas to join Manchester City.