Borussia Monchengladbach’s German midfielder Christoph Kramer has revealed how he had to force himself hard in order to ask FC Barcelona legend Lionel Messi for his jersey after a UEFA Champions League clash as they both were waiting together for a doping test.
Kramer came face to face with Messi as the duo pitted against each other and both men were called to give samples for drug testing following the game.
Despite the awkward condition both players found themselves in, Kramer said he managed to ask Messi for a souvenir, and was rewarded with the Argentine’s shirt.
Speaking exclusively to Goal and SPOX, he said: “I asked Lionel Messi about his jersey during a doping test, that was after a Champions League game with Leverkusen against Barcelona.”
Vor dem Bundesligaspiel von Borussia Mönchengladbach beim SC Freiburg spricht Christoph Kramer im Interview mit SPOX und Goal über seine Trikotsammlung, seinen härtesten Gegenspieler und die Solidaritätsbekundungen von Bundesligastars mit den Protesten … https://t.co/DiiyajXC06
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He added, “I was sitting next to him and had to force myself to ask him for his jersey at that moment, but then he just nodded and took it off. I said ‘thank you’, he said ‘please’ – that was the jersey exchange with Messi.”
Gladbach is currently fourth in the table despite losing to Freiburg on Friday, equal on points with Bayer Leverkusen, who have a game in hand that they will play against German champions Bayern Munich on Saturday.