Every football lover’s apple of the eye, world famous player of the Barcelonan Team and the Argentine national team, one of the top seasonal scorers, yes! We’re talking about Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini; recently has a major reveal by his Argentinian team-mate Pablo Zabaleta:
Messi used to play with Chelsea on Fifa rather than his own Barcelonan team!
Though his fame in shooting and dribbling spreads across the world but instead of playing with his team he chose the Premier league giants.
When Zabaleta was at Espanyol, the pair used to play in opposition to each other online and on the pitch.
Before becoming a part of the Manchester city in 2008, the West Ham defender spent almost three years with the Spanish club but he revealed that the Barcelonan star rather often chose the West London club for playing with.
“I was better at PlayStation than Messi. He used to play with Chelsea a lot.”
“I used to live in Barcelona city and he was living 30 minutes outside. We were playing on the internet.” Said Zabaleta while speaking to the BBC.
Despite of that, Messi and Chelsea never turned out to be a perfect match.
A total being of 835 minutes in a span of 10 matches, Messi has played more minutes in the Champion League against Chelsea than against any other side. But while playing against the Stamford Bridge club, he did not find the net in the initial 730 minutes until last season where across the Champion League round of 16 tie, he netted three times.
Messi also claimed that for some Barca stars, the hatred for Chelsea was stronger than that for Real Madrid; while speaking about Chelsea when he was only 19.
“There are players here who hate Chelsea more than Real Madrid. I never thought I would hear myself say that.
“I also never thought I would see something worse than the Boca and River Plate rivalry or Brazil v Argentina – but this is.
“We would rather play Arsenal, Manchester United or anyone else than be on the pitch with Chelsea.”
He quoted to the News of the World.
By then-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, accused Messi for intentionally trying to send off the Chelsea defender Asier Del Horno in 2006. Although now it seems like the star had an admiration for the giant club bossing The League with Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and co in their group at that time, when he played Fifa with Zabaleta.