Malcom: I have the day Messi applauded by Champions League goal recorded

Despite having a rocky start to his Barcelona career, Malcom has been involved in some key moments for the club, and took a look at those which he feels are most important.

The 22-year-old has only started three LaLiga Santander matches this season, but has made an impact as a substitute with nine games from the bench, while also helping Barcelona reach the Champions League semi-finals.

In an interview with De Sola, Malcom looks at playing with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and his protracted move to Roma.

Messi applauding his goal

“Messi is going to be considered the best after Pele. I didn’t think that before, but now that I’ve seen him closely, yes, I see how he works day by day and he is sensational.

“He never ceases to amaze me with the things he does. We know he can cut in from the left, but we don’t know when, and then waiting for that exact angle, that exact moment.

“During the game he is looking at the defence, it’s position and what he is going to do. It’s amazing. It is a unique feeling to play with him.

“I have the day that Messi applauded my Champions League goal recorded, I will never forget it.”

Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo

“He [Cristiano] is one of the best in the world right now but I think Messi is way above him. I don’t see him every day like Messi, but Messi is very natural. He can decide a match in two minutes.”

Roma before Barcelona

“I never accepted Roma’s offer, but my agents said yes. At that time I was happy, but when Barcelona came, which was my dream, playing with with the best in the world, training, evolving etc, going to Roma is also a dream, but one could do that later.

“I preferred to come to Barcelona to learn a lot, and that is what is happening. Sometimes I don’t play much, but I learn things every day by watching the other players. I’m realising a dream and that is why I chose Barcelona.”

Difference between Europe and Brazil

“When I arrived in Europe I saw that everything was very different. he players are physically stronger, in addition there are many Africans in France and they are very strong.

“I suffered a little, but in terms of quality… Brazilian is Brazilian. A second division player from Brazil already has a lot of quality. I think that in technical quality Brazil is above France, but they have more power and strength.

“In Spain the quality is higher. For example, Huesca, which are not a big club, have a lot of quality because the whole team plays the ball, and plays well, making the matches [against them] difficult.

“But Brazil is Brazil. A Brazilian is born with quality, with the gift of playing football. I think Brazil only loses against Spain in terms of quality.”