Argentina and Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, if not the greatest – with the striker winning numerous professional and individual honours during his career, including a record six Ballon d’Or awards.
Despite his status, Messi has opened up on his early days in the locker room and revealed that there was his former team-mate at the club who he looked upto, with the star being the one player that he was humbled by.
“When Thierry Henry first entered the locker room, I couldn’t dare to look him in the eyes. I knew about everything he had done in England. I had created an image of him, and all of a sudden we were both in the same team,” he said as quoted by Livesoccertv.
The 32-year also added that Henry’s skills made everything on the pitch look easy and that he had a lot of admiration for the French legend.
“I loved Henry’s quickness to end an opportunity, how he made his way to end in front of goal and find the back of the net. It seemed like something natural. The way he ran, his dribbling skills, his gestures to score. It was something that felt just right. What I feel for ‘Titi’ can fall in the category of admiration,” Messi added.
Henry for his part played alongside Messi for three years at the Nou Camp between 2007 to 2010, scoring 49 goals in 121 appearances, while helping them win two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and the 2009 Champions League.