UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona's Lionel Messi's 'Dream' Final at Wembley
Barcelona's Lionel Messi has already conquered the UEFA Champions League.
In fact, he's already conquered Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League final. He did so in 2009 when he scored Barcelona's 2-0 victory in a rain-soaked night in Rome.
But that, apparently, wasn't his dream. Saturday's match against a complete Manchester United side in perhaps the world's most famous football stadium is Messi's dream.
He told reporters that he's excited to play a United side that can only match Barcelona's talents on the pitch and that he respects the Alex Ferguson-coached Red Devils for their respect to the game.
“I actually think it’s kind of a dream final, meeting Manchester United. In my opinion, they’re the only team in the world that can match our level at the moment.
“They’re a very strong team and you won’t see them trying to destroy our game like Real Madrid did.
“Manchester will be looking to play their own game and I’m sure that will make it a very open and exciting final.
“There are lots of similarities between Barcelona and Manchester United, I would say. Like us, they are not afraid of playing with young players on the team.
“They keep their faith in their coach and not fire one each season. They like to focus on their own game and they try to find players that fit in the club.
“I see a lot of potential in the team we are meeting. They have done really well in England, where there are more teams battling for the league title than here in Spain.
“I have seen some of their games in the Champions League and the way they beat Schalke was very convincing.
“You have to bear in mind that Schalke beat both Valencia and Inter to reach the semi-final, but they didn’t stand a chance against Manchester.
“So, it says something about the strength of their team and squad.”
Messi, the 23-year-old Argentine striker, has scored 52 goals in 54 appearances this season including 11 in 12 Champions League performances.
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