Messi and the captain of the Athletic previous to the final of the Glass of Rey / Photo: FCbarcelona_is


The mutual respect between Leo Messi and Iker Muniain

Published:17/04/2021 - 08:34h

Updated:17/04/2021 - 08:34h

The leaders of the combined of the Lions and the Catalan square, Iker Muniain and Leo Messi, took a photography smiling with the trophy of the Glass of the King in The Cartuja

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The captains of the Athletic Bilbao and the Barcelona, Iker Muniain and Leo Messi, posed this afternoon with the trophy of the Glass of the King to few hours to confront in the final in the stadium of The Cartuja of Seville. The two leaders of both squares have done it showing a big sportive spirit and always with good humour, greeting with the fist as it corresponds in time of pandemia, but with wide smiles in his faces.

The forward of the Athletic, and whose presence in the field is a doubt by some annoyances, luce the beard that has shaved the '10' of the Barça this week before the final. Both players, have showed a mutual admiration along his careers futbolísticas that has reflected in the image that stars the previous by the good deal between both captains.

Admiration of time backwards

The Spanish forward of 28 years has expressed his admiration by "The Flea" from long backwards. More specifically, during the start of his career in 2011. In an interview that did him in that occasion, affirmed without doubting that "the one who more likes me is not Spanish. It is Leo Messi".

Compared with Messi

In his starts, Muniain became compared with Messi. However, this described said comparisons like exaggerations. "It was immoderate, the people left carry by the euphoria. Never it has affected me, always I have known who am. It knew that had a lot of projection, but did my way", declared in 2015 in an interview given to the Daily ACE.

Besides, in that then, admitted that it did not have still the "strike" of Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi. "They have put me the label that I do not raise the balloon. It is true that do not have the strike of Messi or Cristiano. Although I jump well, it costs me mark of head and is something that also have to improve. I seat me comfortable so much in the band as in the mediapunta", added.

The next party

The led by Ronald Koeman confront to the Athletic of Bilbao this Saturday to the 21:30 hours (in Spain) to decide which will be the team that carried the Glass of the King to his house, in a party in which both teams will try to deploy his best football and recover the best feelings.

The Lions defeated to the Barcelona in the final of the Supercopa taking advantage of of the individual errors to force the extention and achieve the victory. However, the culés find in a very different situation to the one of January. Although they suffered a reverse in The Classical, the team finds in a better situation that the one who had in that final, by what expects that they do a much more consistent and competitive party.

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