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Stoke striker Bojan Krkic: 'New Messi' tag hurt me

Stoke City striker Bojan Krkic says comparisons with Leo Messi hurt him at Barcelona.

However, Bojan also reveals he is proud of his linguistic skills.

"Did I turn out to be the player I promised to be? Well, how many people dream of having a career like this? I feel fortunate," he said.

"In the Barcelona academy, I scored a lot of goals, as well as in the first team.

"People put a label on you.

"Mine was 'the new Messi' and if you don't live up to those expectations, then you are a failure.

"But I speak English, Italian, Spanish and Catalan. It takes more courage to speak four languages than it would to win five more titles."

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