To come up against Lionel Messi is something that many players will delight in telling their grandchildren about.
The ability to say you’ve faced arguably the greatest player in history. That’s some tale.
There are some goalkeepers out there who probably don’t even mind saying they’ve conceded a goal to Messi. After all, each goal Messi scores only adds to his remarkable legacy.
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There are, of course, times when the Barcelona star leaves a player with nightmares and an urge never to speak his name again. The poor Barcelona defenders who Ludovic Guily recently admitted were “killed” by Messi in training sessions might be among them.
“Messi was only 16, but he destroyed us all in a training session," Giuly told Sport.
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"They were kicking him all over the place to avoid being ridiculed by this kid, but he didn't say anything. He just got up and kept on playing.
"Every play he made was dangerous. It was incredible. He would dribble past four players and score a goal.
"Even the team's starting centre-backs were nervous. They would go in hard on him, but he took it in. He was an alien. He killed us all."
But those defenders that he’s embarrassed and the goalkeepers he’s fired hat-tricks past do not feel as bad as Uruguay international Mathias Corujo does right now.
During September’s World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Uruguay, Corujo was the victim of a filthy Messi nutmeg.
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More than one month on and Corujo cannot get the memory out of his mind. Mainly because he’s reminded about it every day.
The San Lorenzo defender has seen the incident “a million times” on television and social media. It’s gotten so bad that he half-jokingly accused Argentine TV channel TyC Sports of bullying him for repeatedly showing it.
Per Sport, Corujo told Paso a Paso: “They are bullying me, on TyC Sports they are bullying me.”
That’s what you call the Lionel Messi effect.
The 29-year-old was making his return after announcing his international retirement in June. To add to his wonderful piece of skill, he scored the winner in a 1-0 victory.
Despite the defeat, Uruguay still top South American qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. It’s not all that bad for Corujo.
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