RB Leipzig midfielder Dani Olmo has admitted he was as soon as compelled to take an image with Lionel Messi ‘in opposition to his will’ earlier than becoming a member of Barcelona’s academy.
Olmo spent seven years at Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy complicated from 2007–2014 earlier than securing a everlasting transfer to Dinamo Zagreb the next yr.
And the Leipzig playmaker, who has made 12 appearances for Spain, admitted he didn’t welcome Messi disrupting his coaching session when he was youthful.
“One time, earlier than I even joined La Masia, I accompanied my father whereas he was managing a recreation at Castelldefels,” Olmo advised The Gamers Tribune.
“I used to be eight years previous. I used to be enjoying fortunately on my own with a ball, when somebody — I feel it was a good friend of my dad’s — came visiting and advised me, ‘Hey, Dani, come right here! You’re not going to consider this. You’re going to have your image taken with Lionel Messi!’
“Apparently, Messi had a good friend enjoying within the Castelldefels recreation and had come all the way down to see him.
“Wow, Messi, proper? In Castelldefels? What child wouldn’t need their image with him?
“Properly, me! I used to be like, ‘No, thanks. I’m good. I wish to hold enjoying! It’s only a image, proper?’
“However, in opposition to my will, they caught me subsequent to Messi and took the image. I didn’t even say something to him. I simply waited for the press after which I went again to my ball, like I used to be doing him a favour.
Olmo admits the image is now considered one of his most beneficial possessions and insisted he’s grateful that he was compelled to take the image with the footballer that many regard as the very best of all time.
He added: “In the long run, I’ve to say I’m glad they compelled me, as a result of I’ve nonetheless obtained that image framed at house. On the time although, I wasn’t completely satisfied to have my helpful enjoying time interrupted — even by an icon.”
Olmo has been a key participant for Leipzig this time period, scoring thrice and including eight assists in 26 Bundesliga matches.