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Maffeo on man-marking Barcelona star Messi: He asked me about Man City...

Manchester City defender Pablo Maffeo has revealed he had a running conversation with Barcelona star Leo Messi yesterday.

Maffeo, on-loan at Girona, was given a man-marking job for the game by coach Pablo Machin.

"If you have to cover Messi, you must think that he's just a human being, a two-legged person, and be focused," said the defender after Barca's win. "Messi said to me, 'You are going to be very busy here'.

"And I said, 'You are the best in the world, I have no choice'."

It was not Messi's only question.

"He asked me if I was loaned from Manchester City, how it was. And how old I was.

"Messi and I were together the whole time, he has asked a few other things. He is a good person."

Maffeo added: "In the morning, the trainer told me that I had to cover Messi constantly."

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