The documentary with the NBA superstar reminds Chelsea’s former goalkeeper of the performances of the new PSG signing with his national team
It was during the build-up to the 2018 World Cup that Willy Caballero witnessed first-hand Lionel Messi’s unparalleled dribbling skills, while the now 39-year-old would eventually become Argentina’s number one during his time at Chelsea.
And the hit Netflix series, The last dance, which followed Michael Jordan’s career in American basketball, reminded him of the abilities of his international teammate.
What did he say?
“Sometimes playing against Messi is a nightmare,” Caballero said. Purpose. ‘Your team focuses on Messi, and he creates space for other people, and ultimately the next person is Messi.
“I had the opportunity to practice with him in a small game in the national team. He’s a machine, even if he practices, he just wants to win. If you saw The Last Dance with Michael Jordan, he so he can not accept that he loses.
‘He does not accept that he loses a single game, so he forces you to win even a small game.
“In the build – up, he came to me to offer me a solution. I gave him the ball in our box and he ran with the ball against 10 players and scored. Everyone thinks, ‘what ?!’ We saw Messi at the best possible level before the World Cup.
“We were in shock and it was incredible. Sometimes you don’t see it because teams are really focused on Messi and put four or five players against him. It’s incredible. He’s definitely the best player in the world.”
What next for Messi?
The transfer of the 34-year-old to Paris Saint-Germain stunned the world after Barcelona announced that they could no longer afford to keep him. PSG tried to secure him on a free transfer that saw fans partying in the streets.
Caballero watches as the situation unfolds and feels a sense of empathy as Messi cries in his press conference after leaving Barcelona.
“Now I can see that he is very happy, but the previous days were very difficult,” he added.
‘Everyone thought about Messi’s next move, but no one thought about how he thought when he got the news when Barcelona could not offer what they would pay, which was half the price he earned last season. or something like that.
“There is also [Sergio] Kun Aguero, because they are very good friends who played in the national team and they wanted to play in the same team again. I believe this news shocked many people in Barcelona.
“I also felt sorry for him and his family. Still, it’s good for Leo to try a new league. It’s good to show that he can still do and do what he did in Barcelona.”