Imagine being handed the hardest job in football at the age of 20.
Nope, not getting Crystal Palace to score, but man-marking Lionel Messi.
That was the role given to Man City loanee Pablo Maffeo when Girona played Barcelona on Saturday night.
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While Maffeo wasn’t able to stop Barcelona winning 3-0 he did put in an impressive individual performance.
Messi spoke to Maffeo throughout the game, asking how old he was and what his loan situation was at City.
But the highlight of their interaction was when Messi told Maffeo that having to man-mark him ‘sucks’.
Who are we to argue with the greatest footballer ever?
Maffeo has already played for City’s first-team and has been capped up to Under-19 level with Spain.
He’s got the approval of Messi, but can he get the approval of Pep Guardiola?
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