A surprise player named by Lionel Messi as the toughest defender who watched the wizard of Argentina in the field.
In a Barcelona icon interview with the DAZN online channel, he said: “Man-to-man supervision does not bother me. You know that you will play difficult games, and it seems a little strange when you surround someone during the confrontation.”
“Really, it didn’t happen to me very much. It doesn’t bother me, but it’s strange,” the Argentine captain continued.
Asked about the toughest defender, a man-to-man watched Messi respond directly: “Pablo Maffeo, the player of Girona. It was not easy to meet.”
“I have never been the player to complain about. I think physical docking and kicking are part of the game. I get more upset when I play badly, somewhat angry. Other than that, no problem, this is part of the game and I don’t take it personally.”
Mafio, who played for Spain’s youth team, plays in Girona on loan from Germany’s Stuttgart.
He lost to Messi twice in the 2017-2018 season, the first with a score of 3-0 and the second in which he could not stop the Barcelona star who scored twice in crushing the Blaugrana team 6-1.