Pablo Zabaleta arrived at Espanyol in Barcelona in 2005, just a few months after Lionel Messi’s official debut in the first division of Barcelona. Both had a lot of free time and shared the time to make the stay more enjoyable. There one of the amusing anecdotes took place that the defender revived in an interview with High pressure by TyC Sports.
“Leo had that ability to fall asleep easy and he never drove. He was younger, I had come to Barcelona because he had bought Espanyol. In addition, we came from winning the U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands and we had established a good relationship in youth, “began the current defender of West Ham United from the Premier League.
And he continued: “I was alone in Barcelona and he was living with part of the family. We went out to eat, we went to an Argentine restaurant two or three times a week. I remember that Leo had bought a house in Castelldefels, on the outskirts of Barcelona and had another apartment in the city. So after going out on something, We got in the car and he boomed, nodded and fell asleep. And I say, ‘Leo, Leo, where to?’ ‘To my house’, answered. Cuál Which one, Castelldefels? ’. “Yes, yes,” he answers me. “
Zabaleta made his way to one of the residences of La Pulga, who was still asleep next to him. “Imagine my responsibility, I had Messi next to me, 80 sticks of euros”joked the 35-year-old defender. “We started for the mountain and when we got there he said:‘ but I told you to my house. ’ No, you told me Castelldefels. ‘No, at my house in Barcelona, there is nobody here. I want to go with my old man. ’ And well, we hit the turn, I had an hour going from one side to the other. I couldn’t leave it lying “, Zabaleta added with laughter, who recalled that every time Jorge Messi, the Flea’s father, came out, he looked at him as saying “take care of him, eh.”
Pablo Zabaleta also referred to the cycle in the national team that led him to lose three finals in a row. “After this, everything weighs more. We put in a lot of effort and had the frustration of not winning any titles. We banked ourselves the harm of saying ‘Messi’s friends’ ”.
And to finish, he highlighted Messi’s time with the National Team despite not having won a World Cup. “Leo is required a lot because he is the best in the world, but nobody wins alone. Beyond that he did not get a title at a higher level, it gave the AFA a chance to earn a lot of income by having the best in the world. ”
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