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Lionel Messi reveals the only player he’s ever asked to swap shirts with

Talismanic forward's jersey is one of the most sought-after in football but he has a more relaxed approach over swaps

LIONEL MESSI has revealed he’s only asked ONE player in his entire career to swap shirts at the end of a game.

And the talismanic forward is sure to enrage Barcelona fans with the name.

Lionel Messi admits he doesn't swap shirts very often

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Lionel Messi admits he doesn’t swap shirts very often

Many players still approach Messi at the end of games, battling to get their hands on his shirt.

Yet Messi has only done the same to a single player – Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.


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Their paths crossed on the pitch at the start of Messi’s career and the Argentine is not embarrassed to admit he begged to get his hands on his rival’s top.

But when he does, it would probably be with the best in the world

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But when he does, it would probably be with the best in the world

Messi admits Zinedine Zidane is the only player he's ever asked to swap shirts with

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Messi admits Zinedine Zidane is the only player he’s ever asked to swap shirts with

Messi said: “I am not one to ask to swap shirts. I asked, once… I asked Zidane.

“Guti came and asked me. He asked me when we player here (Nou Camp) and when we played there (Santiago Bernabeu). In both matches.

“I don’t asked for shirts. If there is an Argentine, I will swap with an Argentine. If not and there is someone else that asks me, I will swap it with them. If not, I do not look and do not ask.”

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Messi claims Real icon Guti asked him twice for his shirt

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Messi claims Real icon Guti asked him twice for his shirt

Messi admits he prefers to give his shirts to a compatriot

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Messi admits he prefers to give his shirts to a compatriot

Messi has been in sensational form this season, scoring 51 goals in all competitions.

But he looks set to miss out on another La Liga title to Real Madrid, while there’ll be no fourth Champions League trophy following a quarter-final exit at the hands of Juventus.

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